Captain Lee Explained Joining Below Deck & Other Captains Share Stories

Captain Lee Explained Joining Below Deck & Other Captains Share Stories

Bravo released the first part of its series Below Deck At The Helm which has all five captains from the original series and spinoffs get together to talk about managing a superyacht crew on reality TV. The captains were asked about what filming was like, how they got on the show, and if they’re captains or reality stars.

OG Captain Lee Rosbach, Below Deck Sailing Yacht‘s Captain Glenn Shephard, Below Deck Down Under‘s Captain Jason Chambers, Below Deck Mediterranean‘s Captain Sandy Yawn, and Below Deck season 11’s Captain Kerry Titheradge answered questions while at BravoCon 2023 in Las Vegas last November. During the group interview, Captain Lee explained joining Below Deck and the other captains shared their stories getting on their respective shows.

Captain Glenn Shephard in Las Vegas for BravoCon 2023 on the day they shot Below Deck At The Helm

Captain Glenn Shephard in Las Vegas for BravoCon 2023 on the day they shot Below Deck At The Helm (Instagram).

Captain Lee Explained Joining Below Deck & How By Chance He Became A Reality Star

“We’ve all gone through the morph period where we’re doing our job as captains, and then all of a sudden, here’s this reality TV show that we’re thrust into. Now, all of you went through a process of interviewing, taping. I was just a pure accident. I was that baby that wasn’t expected. So I didn’t do any interviews. I didn’t do any taping. It was just like, we’re filming tomorrow and you’re the captain,” Captain Lee said on Below Deck At The Helm.

However, the Stud of the Sea told a different tale in his book, Running Against The Tide (available on Amazon). Near the end of the book, Captain Lee said they wanted him to “babysit” his superyacht while they put a fake captain on-screen. First Officer Aleks Taldykin was supposed to be the pretend captain, but Captain Lee made it clear there could only be one captain aboard superyacht Honor.

“They needed a captain, and I happened to be the captain of the boat they planned on filming on. Package deal, I guess. Plus, it made things easier all the way around,” Captain Lee explained on page 231.

“Even though I hadn’t gone through the audition process, there were still a few hoops I had to jump through,” he added. “These days, if you want to be on a reality TV show, you have to pass what’s called a psychological evaluation. Because, and this came as a real shock, a lot of people who want to be on TV are total sociopaths who will do anything to get famous,” Lee wrote.

After passing his psych exam, Captain Lee had to go though an extensive background check. Finally, he did a few Skype interviews with producers who needed to see if he was telegenic.

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The Other Captains From The Below Deck Franchises Explain How They Got On The Show

“I honestly think I was pretty naive. I didn’t think it was this big of a deal. You know, I don’t live in America and I do live in the Philippines. And I got a phone call about using the boat in Below Deck. And then they rang me and said, do you want to apply for being the captain? I was like, I was Okay, could be time for a change,” Captain Jason said about joining Below Deck Down Under.

“When you get to the bridge, especially as a woman, I didn’t want to take a risk. I’m sober, my sponsor goes Sandy, when a door of opportunity opens, walk through the door because you can always walk back out the door. And that’s when I said yes,” Captain Sandy explained about joining Below Deck Med in it’s second season.

“When they reached out to me about helping them find a boat, and I said, hey, maybe the boat I’m on. And then we started down that path. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be involved. And I remember reaching out to you two [points to Sandy and Lee], and you two gave me great advice and said, ‘Just do your job and be yourself.’ And because of that, that’s why I’m sitting here today. So thank you very much,” Captain Glenn said about becoming the face of Below Deck Sailing Yacht.

“I’d just gone through a divorce and I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go. And I actually left boats and I as painting houses. And I was like earbuds in self-help books, trying to get my head back in the game. When the opportunity came along, they said it was going to be Alaska, right? Our bucket place list, yeah you know what. It doesn’t matter what happens, I’m going to get to go to Alaska,” Below Deck Adventure star Captain Kerry said. He ended up instead going to Norway, where he navigated stunning fjords.

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