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Captain in place with crew changes for Below Deck new season

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Yachting’s own reality TV show, “Below Deck”, is back for a second season on Bravo. After having replaced a few cast members, the show also has recognized Capt. Lee Rosbach as the official captain of the crew for the show.


The show returns after a solid six episodes the first season, including a season finale that attracted 1.8 million viewers, according to Nielson rating information provided in a press release from Bravo.


Season 2 kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9 p.m. It is unclear how many episodes will be aired, but it is expected to be more than Season 1. Returning crew include Chef Ben Robinson, Stew Kat Held and Bosun Eddie Lucas, as well as Capt. Rosbach.


Gone for Season 2 are Chief Stew Adrienne Gang, First Officer Aleks Taldykin, Deckhand David Bradberry and Stew Samantha Orme. Second Eng. C.J. LeBeau left before the season ended.


New cast members include Chief Stew Kate Chastain, brother and sister Kelley (deckhand) and Amy (stew) Johnson, Deckhand Andrew Sturby and Deckhand Jennice Ontiveros.


This year, the show takes place on M/Y Ohana, the real-life 154-foot yacht built by Admiral Yachts. Last season, the show took place on the 164-foot Benetti Cuor di Leone, which was renamed M/Y Honor for the show.


The Triton and Crew Unlimited are hosting a season premiere showing at Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Join us for a panel discussion featuring (we hope) Capt. Lee Rosbach, Creative Director and co-Producer Rebecca Taylor and Executive Producer Courtland Cox from 51 Minds, plus some of The Triton’s crew columnists, including Chief Stew Alene Keenan and yachting coach Capt. Rob Gannon.


We plan to gather at 7:30 p.m. for wine and conversation about the show, good and bad, then watch the season premiere on the big screen. If you have questions about the show, or wonder how it fits in the industry, make plans to join us. Everyone is invited. The theater seats 220; first come, first seated. Contact lucy@the-triton.com for details.


Until then, here’s a little more about the cast for season two.


Michigan-born Capt. Lee Rosbach has been in yachting more than 20 years.


Chief Stew Kate Chastain, from Florida, has worked on yachts for seven years.


Deckhand Andrew Sturby is from Winnipeg and moved to the Bahamas as a young teen. He has been a fashion model for such brands as Abercrombie & Fitch, and was looking for work in yachting when he landed on Below Deck.


Deckhand Kelley Johnson of Texas joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was part of the operation that helped rescue Capt. Phillips and escort the Somali pirate to officials. He left his first yacht job to be in a relationship, but then rejoined the industry.


Stew Amy Johnson, also from Texas, has a marketing degree from Texas A&M and was recruited to the nation’s top-selling Cadillac dealership as a sales representative. She moved to Florida to enter the yachting industry instead.


Deckhand Jennice Ontiveros of New Mexico worked as a deck/stew position on Lake Michigan last summer, then moved to Ft. Lauderdale to join the industry.


In case you missed last season, Chef Ben Robinson is from Oxford, England, and has worked on yachts for more than 10 years.


Bosun Eddie Lucas was raised on the U.S. East Coast and has a degree in Adventure Education from Green Mountain College.


Stew Kat Held is from Rhode Island and joined yachting five years ago.

 

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Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at lucy@the-triton.com.


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