The reality series returns for a new season on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9/8 p.m. CT with a half-hour preview special airing on Sunday, July 27 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT.
"Below Deck" follows a group of crew members living and working aboard the 153’ mega-yacht "Ohana" during the charter season in the British Virgin Islands.
Captain Lee Rosbach, chef Ben Robinson, stewardess Kat Held and deckhand Eddie Lucas return from last season, along with new cast members Kate Chastain, brother and sister duo Kelley and Amy Johnson, Jennice Ontiveros, and Andrew Sturby.
"Below Deck" was renewed for Season 2 last August after becoming a surprise summer hit for Bravo. The first season averaged 1.7 million total viewers and 1.1 million viewers in the coveted adults 18-49 demo with the finale attracting 1.8 million total viewers.
Here are the "Below Deck" cast bios posted on Bravotv.com:
Lee Rosbach, Captain- Born and raised in Saginaw Michigan, Harold Lee Rosbach is the second of seven children. While Rosbach has been in the industry for over 20 years, he started yachting a little later in life than your average "yachtie.” At the age of 35, Rosbach took the time to get his Captain’s license and left the restaurant management business to pursue his newfound passion for the seas. Having worked both private and charter, Captain Lee prefers charter as he feels the joy he gets in seeing his guests’ expressions as they view the beautiful scenery is priceless and not something he can get in an office setting.
Kate Chastain, Chief Stewardess - Kate Chastain, 31, comes from Melbourne Beach, a charming small town on the Space Coast of Florida. While working her way through college at high end dining establishments and lounges, Kate discovered her natural talent and passion for providing excellent service and ultimately anticipating her guest’s needs. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida, Kate moved to Ft. Lauderdale to find a job as a mega yacht stewardess. During her seven year yachting career, she has enjoyed cruising through the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Central America and New England as well as an Atlantic crossing.
Andrew Sturby, Deckhand – Andrew Sturby, 26, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada before moving to Nassau, Bahamas in his early teens. He attended a university-preparatory school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada where Andrew excelled in football and crew. Immediately after high school, he became a working, traveling international model for high fashion and commercial brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, West Coast, and Roots Canada. He has enjoyed living in the Bahamas, Italy, France, the Phillipines and Canada as a well-traveled individual. Andrew currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is close with his parents and older brother. Living in the sunshine state, he renewed his love for the ocean ultimately finding himself seeking out work as a deckhand in the yachting industry.
Kelley Johnson, Deckhand – Kelley Johnson, 27, was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, with his older sister and fellow cast member, Amy. His love for the water became apparent even as a toddler, when his mom discovered TV fishing shows were the quickest way to calm him down. Kelley's brave and courageous spirit led him to join the Marine Corps as the tension in the Middle East was at its height. He was part of the operation that helped rescue Captain Phillips, and was selected with a small group to monitor and escort the Somali Pirate and turn him over to officials in Djibouti. After leaving the Marines, Kelley moved to Florida to be near his sister and close to the ocean. A romantic at heart, he left his first job on a yacht to pursue a land-based relationship and went to work in the corporate world. After the relationship failed, feeling unsatisfied with his job, and a push from his sister, Kelley gladly left his desk job to rejoin the yachting industry. Getting to live and work on the water while being able to fish in his free time is the ideal life for this Texas native.
Jennice Ontiveros, Deckhand – Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jennice Ontiveros, 25, first learned to love the water on Elephant Butte Lake. With a dream to live closer to Hollywood and the beach, she moved to the Los Angeles area at the age of 18 to pursue a B.A. from Whittier College in Business Administration & Theatre and Communications Arts. A job in documentary television brought Ontiveros to Chicago shortly after graduation, but her need for adventure and travel left her feeling unfulfilled. After a bit of research, opportunity and luck, Jennice landed her first Deck/Stew position on Lake Michigan during the summer of 2013. Within a few months in the industry she packed her bags and moved to Fort Lauderdale in search of a bigger and better “yachty” lifestyle.
Ben Robinson, Chef – Chef Ben Robinson, 33, is accomplished both on land and sea. He worked under Italian master chefs in Florence and gained an apprenticeship at 3-Michelin Star restaurant “The Fat Duck,” based in the United Kingdom. Robinson has been the head chef on yachts for over 10 years, including the largest sailing yacht in the world. He was born in Oxford, England and continued to attend boarding school there when his parents moved to the US and currently resides Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Robinson has recently become a Certified Health Coach and he specializes in weight loss, cancer and addiction. Ben believes food is medicine and art, continuing to develop cutting edge cuisine with a nutritional awareness.
Eddie Lucas, Bosun – Eddie Lucas, 29, was raised on the east coast attending boarding schools and exploring recreational diversions on the Chesapeake and Buzzards Bays. Early on he learned to ski, fish and took advantage of any offered outdoor educational opportunities including earning a degree in Adventure Education from Green Mountain College, becoming proficient in rafting, rock climbing and scuba diving. After surviving a car accident five years ago, Eddie learned to live life to the fullest and to appreciate everything he has.
Kat Held, Steward -- Over the top and free spirited, this 29 year old has been traveling as a yacht stewardess for the past five years. Kat began a career in yachting after a summer of recreation sailing in her home state of Rhode Island. Shortly after graduating from The University of Rhode Island, she gained an interest in discovering more of what the outside world has to offer. Tired of watching mega yachts sail in and out of Newport Harbor without her, she purchased a book on how to become a yacht stewardess. Following the tips of the book led her to finding her first job as a yacht stewardess in Miami, Florida. Kat is always looking for a new adventure and believes freedom is one of the most rewarding feelings in life.
Amy Johnson, Steward -- Amy Johnson, 31, a southern belle known for her spirited attitude and enthusiastic personality, grew up in the small town of Wichita Falls, Texas. She was raised in a loving, conservative home, with her brother and fellow cast member, Kelley, who is her best friend and confidant. Amy graduated from Texas A&M with a business degree in Marketing and was recruited to the nation’s top selling Cadillac dealership as a sales representative, where she remained for several years. Realizing she was lacking two things she loved most, travel and adventure, she moved down to Florida to enter the yachting industry. Amy’s impeccable work ethic, positive approach and adaptable personality allow her to have that “glass half full” mentality.