Below Deck season 3 Stewardess Raquel “Rocky” Dakota is one of the most well-known cast members ever in Below Deck history. Throughout her time on the show, she caused chaos aboard superyacht Eros. From the beginning of the charter season with a theme of Greek mythology, she played the role of a Siren, enticing several of the male crew members into making bad decisions. Her dramatic diva antics and charismatic charm made her an unforgettable character on the show. So, what happened to Rocky after Below Deck season 3 finished airing in 2015?
First off, we’d be remiss not to recall the highlights of Rocky’s time as a reality TV star yachtie. She supposedly drove Chief Stewardess Kate Chastain nuts because she constantly complained about work and didn’t want to learn the ropes of being third stew. Instead, she wanted to entertain the guests, often showing off her competitive diving and mermaid skills. Early on, she got herself and naive deckhand Emile Kotze in trouble when they climbed up to the mast of the superyacht where the radar is located, putting themselves in possible danger. Captain Lee Rosbach chewed them out for their reckless behavior. But Rocky wasn’t done causing trouble. During a charter she jumped in for a swim and Second Engineer-Deckhand Don Abenante was tempted to join in.
Don ended up getting a stern talking to by Captain Lee, and instead of apologizing decided to act defiant and be one of the first of many crew members to quit in Below Deck history. Rocky is also remembered for her unforgettable confessional interviews. She would behave very melodramatically in them.
What Happened To Rocky After Below Deck Season 3? Living An Adventurous Life & Working Dream Jobs
From there, Rocky strung along Emile, agreeing to go on a date with him but losing interest. She ended up embarrassing him in front of other crew members, writing him a letter of rejection saying she only wanted to be friends. Rocky then had her eyes set on Bosun Eddie Lucas. Eventually Eddie ended up cheating on his (formerly unfaithful) then girlfriend with Rocky. The two of them repeatedly hooked up in the laundry room. Captain Lee lost respect for Eddie when he lied to the crew about the romantic relationship at the end of the charter season.
Rocky also jumped off the boat, briefly quitting the show, in protest after Chef Leon Walker was added to the now long list of fired Below Deck crew members. On the reunion, Rocky alleged she and Eddie had recently hooked up again in a hotel room, while Eddie again denied liking her and regretted starting something romantically.
Since the show aired, Rocky took a girls’ trip to Europe with her good girl friends. After that, she moved to Hawaii. Rocky’s Instagram shows her free driving with sea turtles, swimming with dolphins, exploring seaside caves, and surfing. She also worked on a sailboat and works as a yoga instructor. She also still shows off her culinary skills from the show, which she displayed when Chef Leon abruptly left season 3. Rocky’s family, based in California, have a long history of traveling to Hawaii. Her mom, a trailblazer competitive surfer back in the day also taught Caitlyn Jenner how to surf.
While not living in the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Raquel has traveled to many place across America and the world. She skied in Oregon, competed in dive competitions, went mountain climbing, sailing and swimming in the Pacific Ocean, figure skating on frozen lakes surrounded by mountains, and sandboarding in the Sahara in Morocco. Rocky has also worked on ranches, including outside of Austin, Texas, back in 2018. She also loves visiting Miami, Florida.
Rocky’s Spiritual Transformation, Dad & Sister Passing, Relationship Status
“Thank you Heavenly Father, getting baptized again as an adult felt better than any day, degree, diploma, achievement, award, or trophy I have ever received!! So stoked, overjoyed, and grateful!” Rocky shared on Instagram in 2022, showing her getting baptized in the ocean.
Raquel’s younger sister Sophia Tiare Bartlow tragically died in a car accident at the start of 2017, which deeply affected Rocky. She turned to God, verses from the Bible and Jesus Christ, often posting messages from her faith. Raquel celebrated turning 35 on August 27, 2023, which makes her a Libra, explaining her perfectionist side. Her sister also shared the same birthday as her. Back Nov. 2023, tragedy struck again for Rocky’s family when her dad passed away. Rocky paid tribute to her dad by diving in the water fully clothed. Rocky appears to have moved back to California, in the Malibu area, in the past few years.
Several years ago Rocky had several pictures of her and an untagged boyfriend. However, she either keeps her relationship private or they’ve since broke up and she’s now single. Once the show aired, Rocky faced a lot of negative backlash from some fans. Rocky pushed back that the editing made her look bad. She also called out Kate Chastain for behaving like a bully and trying to make her look bad. Fans should also remember Below Deck is a scripted reality TV show, and isn’t exactly real.