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Where the Below Deck Mediterranean Yachties Stand After Season 8

Find out how things ended for Sandy, Luka, Tumi, Kyle, Jack, Max, Haleigh, Lily, Lara, Jessika, and Natalya. 

By Shannon Raphael

After some drama on the high seas, Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8 officially came to an end with Season 8, Episode 16 (which aired on January 22). 

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But before the yachties said goodbye to the charter season — and to Genoa, Italy — they reflected on their highs and lows of the season.

Find out what cast members Captain Sandy Yawn, Tumi Mhlongo, Jack Luby, Luka Brunton, Kyle Viljoen, Lara Du Preez, Jessika Asai, Max Salvador, Haleigh Gorman, and Lily Davison revealed by scrolling below. Plus, learn which familiar face returned for the final crew night out. 

Where the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 8 Yachties Stand After the Finale

Captain Sandy Yawn

When she attended the final crew dinner of the season, Sandy shared that she was looking forward to seeing her "love," Leah Shafer

She also spoke about her love for her job. 

"I love being a captain. It's something I live for, it's in my blood," she said in an interview on the finale. "I will be a captain until the day they put me in the ground or set me on fire."

Captain Sandy smiling with her arms crossed in the wheelhouse of the yacht.

Tumi Mhlongo

During the final tip meeting, Captain Sandy applauded "rock star" Tumi for having such a strong work ethic, for "maintaining [her] composure," and for bringing the smiles amid an exhausting final charter.

In the closing moments of the finale, Sandy said that Tumi was an "excellent" chief stew. 

"I need a vacation ASAP," Tumi joked before she left the boat. 

Luka Brunton

Below Deck Med Season 8 marked Luka's first time as the bosun, and Sandy had nothing but praise for the Below Deck Down Under alum. 

"Luka, I'm telling you right now, you belong on the bridge, not the engine room," she said during the tip meeting. She later told him that he was "a leader."

Before he exited, Luka made plans to see Natalya once he got off of the boat. 

Captain Sandy Yawn and Luka Brunton in the wheelhouse of the Mustique yacht.

Natalya Scudder

Though she decided to leave the boat before the charter season ended, Natalya happened to be in Genoa when the rest of the Mustique crew wrapped up.

She joined the crew for their final night out, and she made amends with Kyle before departing. 

Jessika Asai

Jessika initially planned to head to Cannes, France with Luka after the season, but she changed her mind. 

"With Luka, I learned a big lesson," she said while reflecting on their boatmance. "I just need a lot of time to get over this entire thing."

Kyle Viljoen

The second stew shared a tearful moment with Sandy in the wheelhouse before departing.

Kyle Viljoen smiles while at dinner with his Below Deck Mediterrenean crew members

"From the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you enough for giving me an extra chance, an opportunity," he told her. "And, not only are you a captain for me, but you are a really good friend. And I respect you [for] who you are, and you are amazing at what you do."

"I know, I feel the same," Sandy responded. "You are a good person."

In his final interview, Kyle said that he felt like he would be "able to navigate" taking on a chief stew position in the future. 

Lara Du Preez

The lead deckhand shared several sweet hugs with her fellow crewmates, including her mentor, Luka. As she left the dock, she had one final reflection.

"Why did I pack so much?" she wondered as she rolled two of her suitcases down the dock. 

Haleigh Gorman

After an emotional goodbye with close pal and bunkmate, Lara, Haleigh left Mustique for the season. 

Max Salvador

The deckhand, whose work ethic was questioned throughout the season, had a humorous reaction to being done with the charter season.

"Finally!" he shouted in a confessional. "Freedom, liberty..."

Jack Luby

Sandy told the chef that it was a "rarity" for her to see such an enthusiastic chef in the galley.

Lily Davison

Lily was the last crewmate to join the boat, and she certainly left an impression on the rest of her colleagues when she left. 

After injuring her ankle on the beach during the final crew night out, Lily left Mustique a bit early to get her leg evaluated by the medic. 

In her final interview of the season, Lily reflected on everything that went down and shared her goals for the future.

"I think I have to live my life with no regrets. You've been there, you've done it, everything you need to do, you learn from it," she said. "I could be a chief stew."

Catch up on all past seasons of Below Deck Mediterranean on Peacock now. 

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