‘Below Deck’ Gears Up For the Emmy Awards

Below Deck cast members are banking on their explosive season to snag votes from the television academy for an Emmy award. Captain Lee Rosbach and crew are posting their video submission on Instagram, hoping to ultimately secure the gold statue.

“Considered for an Emmy in two categories,” Rosbach proudly tweeted. “Wow, how great is this. @ PolynĂ©sie Française Tahiti Papeete.” He also added the video for the academy’s consideration to Instagram too.

Ross Inia, Rhylee Gerber, Kate Chastain, Josiah Carter, Ashton Pienaar, Laura Betancourt, Adrian Martin |Photo by Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

An Emmy win for soapy nautical docudrama would be a first for the franchise. And would join winners like Top Chef and Project Runway for Bravo. So why could this be Below Deck‘s year for an Emmy?

It’s time for ‘Below Deck’ to be recognized

Every season of Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean provides a voyeuristic peek into how the wealthy vacation on a superyacht. Cameras follow the guests, but also the fascinating crew who provide nonstop service–sometimes to their detriment.

While the guests are a large part of the storyline, viewers are more invested in finding out what exactly goes on “below deck” where the crew interacts. Romances, fights, backstabbing and intrigue flow throughout each season. And each new crew member brings a new dimension and flavor to the series.

Both Below Deck and Below Deck Med are firmly anchored by their leaders. Rosbach has been at the helm of Below Deck from season one. When Below Deck Med set sail, the series began with Captain Mark Howard but quickly pivoted to feature Captain Sandy Yawn.

Last season was insane

Every season is action and drama-packed. But season six of Below Deck was an entirely different, amped up ride. The only returning cast members were Rosbach and chef stew Kate Chastain. Which meant new crew members brought fresh drama.

Every thrilling aspect was secured on season six. Deckhand Ashton Pienaar experienced a serious accident during a charter. A rope wrapped around his ankle and dragged him into the water. He nearly drowned and could have suffered major damage to his foot. But real life met reality. A cameraman freed the drowning deckhand from a watery grave, which (of course) was caught on camera.

Kate Chastain, Adrian Martin, Ashton Pienaar |Photo by Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The season was also filled with dark intrigue. Third stew Caroline Bedol became a controversial figure after she abruptly quit mid-season. She alleged Chastain and second stew Josiah Carter verbally harassed her. The footage was not shown during the season but ultimately aired during the reunion.

But that’s not all…

This season also featured someone getting fired too. Bosun Chandler Brooks’ lackluster performance earned him a plane ticket home. Plus deckhand Rhylee Gerber was constantly at odds with her male deck team. She didn’t hold back when she felt as though the men on deck were underutilizing her skills.

In true Below Deck form, there were a few budding romances and bromances. Gerber and deckhand Tyler Rowland had a little fling. Plus, Pienaar and third stew Laura Betancourt had a romantic connection. Pienaar and bosun Ross Inia developed a strong friendship that had fans cheering for them. Chastain and Carter were also a strong team. They worked well together, but also seemed to genuinely like and respect each other.

And don’t forget about some of the unforgettable charter guests. One that stands out the most is the last guest of the season. Rosbach called this guest the second “most irritating” in his career.