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When Delaney Evans joined the Below Deck Mediterranean crew this season, it was actually her first time working in the interior of a mega yacht. In fact, Delaney has often said that she feels more comfortable working out on deck.
So as the charter came to a close in the September 13 episode, bosun Malia White gave Delaney the chance to experience what it's like to be part of a deck team on a 180-foot vessel. Malia had Delaney throw the heaving line at the stern of the boat, which actually proved to be a bit of a challenge for the stew, who took a couple of tries to get the line to the dock.
Malia later called Delaney out on this fumble during the crew's dinner that night and offered her some words of wisdom as she continues in the yachting industry. "Can I give you some advice, because I saw your resume and I'm a female deckhand," Malia told Delaney. "Don't be afraid to be green, 'cause the worst thing, you look at your resume, and it says skipper, skipper, mate, bosun. That means you've never been willing to be a deckhand on a bigger ship. 'Cause a lot of smaller boats will say you could be chief officer, but you're not actually a chief officer."
Delaney said that she "is extremely honest" on her CV, clarifying that she did note her deck/stew experience had only been with day charters. "I've also only been on super yachts for two years," she told Malia. "So I definitely have less experience than you do."
During an interview in the episode, Malia said that she didn't feel like Delaney had been receptive to her guidance. "I don't think Delaney really took my advice at all," Malia shared. "She's one of those people that's like, 'Yeah, thanks for the advice, but here's this reason, reason, reason why I did it.' And you're like, 'OK, good luck with the temp jobs.'"
Delaney later shared her reaction to Malia's career advice during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on September 13. "Honestly, I think her going at me for that was a little bit odd," Delaney said in the above clip. "She has five years on me. It just seemed a little unnecessary."
She also explained why her skills seemed to be not as sharp on deck during the episode. "It was purely nerves. I was flustered," Delaney said. "I had just been let go. I'd been through a wild experience. I think my head was just in a different spot."
Delaney dished all about her CV that has caused a stir this season of Below Deck Med during her appearance on WWHL, including setting the record straight on why she listed her deck/stew experience. "I was a deck/stew on a motor yacht, but not a super yacht," she said. "There are differences between motor yacht and super yacht: smaller boat, smaller role, less responsibility."
Delaney, who said that the largest vessel she has worked on was a 62-meter during an Atlantic crossing, added that she had "just listed on my resume what I had done" and that the rest of the Lady Michelle crew seemed to take "that experience and thought it was more."
Her lack of experience in the interior is something that chief stew Katie Flood should have overlooked, according to Delaney, given the positive attitude and work ethic she displayed during the charter. "I think my can-do [attitude] overshadowed that fact. I think I brought the right attitude and I'm a hard worker, and I was actually doing quite well," Delaney said on WWHL. "So I think it should have been a non-issue. I mean, a fourth stew is an entry-level position. I really shouldn't need experience anyways."
Want more Below Deck Med? Season 6 airs Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo with early access to new episodes on Peacock.
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