Captain Lee Rosbach has taken command of another luxury yacht, the St David, for more trips around the globe in the long-awaited 10th season of Below Deck. This time, season nine steward Fraser Olender has been promoted to chief stew, but the loyal crew member wasn’t totally prepared for all the challenges the Bravo series would throw his way.
Chief stew Fraser revealed the St David was in complete disarray before it embarked on its first Below Deck charter.
Returning staff member Fraser heads up an otherwise completely for the Bravo series’ 10th season, which kicked off last Monday.
At 60 metres long, the St David is the largest super yacht the franchise has ever featured.
Viewers have strapped in for rocky waters ahead, but they may not know Fraser and the crew were required to clean the yacht from top to bottom before beginning their journey.
Below Deck's chief stew 'thought I'd fail' as he admits new yacht was 'absolutely trashed'
“The boat was absolutely trashed,” he admitted. “The work that needed to be done to get it ready for the guests was overwhelming.”
Fraser went on to reveal there was a long list of tasks they needed to complete before they could even think about inviting their guests on board.
“There was so much to consider before they arrived,” he told Decider.
“We had to totally provision the larder, we had to get the boat habitable, we needed flowers, etc.”
“I needed to get into the deep details in every single cabin and on every deck.”
The chief stew admitted to feeling overwhelmed after the first day on board as guests would be arriving the very next day.
“There was almost too much to think about knowing that the next morning there would be guests coming down the gangway,” he added.
Thankfully, Fraser and the crew eventually managed to get the St David looking shipshape.
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However, as the season progresses, the chief stew may realise keeping his crew in check will prove even harder than keeping the ship clean.
In this week’s episode, Alissa Humber and Camille Lamb clashed while a romance started to heat up between Camille and Ben Willoughby.
Meanwhile, the guests were proving to be just as difficult as the yacht’s staff after enjoying a wild night of fun on board.
Fraser revealed he often had to ignore his doubts and plough ahead when his duties on the ship threatened to become overwhelming.
“At that point, I told myself: ‘Just roll with the punches. We’ve done the best we can,'” he explained.
“However, I can’t tell you how anxious I was because I am so hard on myself. I want to succeed and to make other people happy.
“It was crushing to think that I might fail. I was my own worst enemy, but I got through it somehow.”
Thankfully, Fraser seems to have done an excellent job so far, but fans will have to keep tuning in each week to find out how he and his crew fare for the rest of the season.
Below Deck season 10 continues Mondays on Bravo in the USA and is available on Hayu in the UK.
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