When Captain Lee Rosbach isn't leading the Below Deck crew to another successful charter season, he's usually tweeting about the show, as well as its Mediterranean counterpart. One might think that the Below Deck boss just wouldn't be able to help himself from being a bit of a backseat driver while watching how Captain Sandy Yawn handles her crew on Below Deck Mediterranean.
However, there's a very good reason why Captain Lee approaches watching Below Deck Med from a very different angle. "I am not the devil's advocate at that point. I have complete empathy for what she's going through because I know what she's going through," Captain Lee explained during Below Deck's 100th episode celebration on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 6 (clip above). "And some of the situations that Captain Sandy gets put in, I see where they're just totally unfair and totally just biased."
Captain Lee went on to acknowledge that Captain Sandy has had to face a whole different set of challenges during her career in yachting. "Because she's had to endure a lot of things because she's a female captain in a male-dominated industry," he explained. "And so, it's like, I don't know what she's gone through, but I try to put myself in that situation."
Captain Sandy similarly had a lot of empathy for Captain Lee following Ashton Pienaar's overboard accident in Season 6 of Below Deck. "My reaction was I knew exactly how Captain Lee felt. He probably wanted to drop to his knees, just the thought of killing someone. It wasn't his fault," Captain Sandy shared on WWHL in June 2019. "I think training, training, training, and when you have a new crew that you don't really get to train, it makes it harder. Our jobs are very difficult."
As you can see, there's no rivalry here. "We're great," Captain Lee said on WWHL of his relationship with Captain Sandy. "We just have a great time together."
Captain Lee dished more on his journey to Below Deck on WWHL, which you can check out, below.
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