Only three crew returned for season 9 below deck Season 8 cast. Once again, captain Lee Rosbach is on top despite being sidelined initially. First mate Eddie Lucas is also returning. At the end of season 8, Lucas was promoted to first mate from Bosun. Additionally, Chef Rachel Hargrove returns for its second season on the series. But what about the rest of the cast? Where are they now and have any of the Season 8 crew been in sailing?
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Main stew Francesa Ruby returned to Australia when Season 8 came to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic. She got into some surfing and fitness and recently shared that she is studying to become a certified Pilates instructor. “I’m so excited to share that I’m studying to be a Pilates instructor,” she share in April. “For the past two years I have been practicing Pilates and have seen my body transform into a leaner, lighter and stronger body.”
Close friend and other Stu Ashling Lorger is also a skilled surfer and has posted some surf shots on Instagram. She has spent her time traveling from the show and becoming an influencer using her Instagram. But like Ruby, Lorger lives in Australia which has been under lockdown for a long time.
Elizabeth Frankini filmed a romantic comedy
The third Stu Elizabeth Frankini starred in the romantic short. “This weekend we’re finally going to film ‘They Prefer Richards’ – a short romantic drama about learning your lessons the hard way,” she shared instagram In December she also spent time in South Florida partying and connecting with other people below deck Crew member. Frankini was fired hours before the last charter of the season, which never happened because of the pandemic.
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He also famously overshadowed his reading of Captain Lee Rosbach’s blogs and his assessment of his handling of the job. “I just want to say that Captain Lee, he’s sad and judgmental,” Frankini told the showbiz cheat sheet in February 2021. And having lived this experience, I would never want to work with him again. He’s completely checked out, which is understandable.”
‘Below Deck’ Season 8 Deck Team Stays on the Ground
It seemed that the deck remained on the ground after the team below deck. Shane Coopersmith, who admitted that he only went on the show to raise awareness about climate change, continues with his mission. In addition to doing a bit of surfing and showing off some pretty impressive skateboarding tricks, Coopersmith continues to post videos about sustainability to engage with his 6,526 Instagram followers.
James Huff seemed too close to home after below deck. He shared pictures of himself with family and friends on Instagram, so it looks like he too is taking a break from yachting. Rob Phillips, who joined the Deck team after Coopersmith was fired, continued his global adventures. He claimed that he was unable to attend the reunion because he had no cell service in the Fiji jungle where he was staying and a storm was approaching. But since then he has shared photos and videos from the Caribbean and British Columbia.
Isabel “Izzy” Wouters, who became the lead deckhand in the series, also found the travel bug and discovered more on land. like other below deck alum, she has become interested in van life And thinking about investing in a van home someday. She has also been on a safari and has shared gorgeous shots from her adventure.
The only crew member who may still be sailing is promising deckhand Avery Russell, who had sailed for a family emergency prior to the first charter. Some of Russell’s Instagram posts show him on a boat with the hashtag, “Yacht Life.”
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below deck Season 9 premieres Monday, October 25 on Bravo at 9/8c.