Although he made his feelings perfectly clear on Twitter, Rosbach from Below Deck held back nothing in his comments about Pienaar in his blog.
Captain Lee Rosbach writes a weekly blog about each episode where he gives his observations and review of each crew member. The last two episodes featured Ashton Pienaar becoming enraged and violent toward chief stew Kate Chastain. She leaves the boat in the middle of the night because his behaviour frightened her. Rosbach didn’t know what was happening. As a result, he was confused and frustrated when Kate Chastain was not on the boat the next morning.
He has also remarked that if he had known what happened, it would have ended quite differently.. In his blog he praised Kate Chastain for not throwing Pienaar under the bus. But at the same time he wished she had been a little more open about what really happened.
Captain Lee Rosbach isn’t confident Pienaar will turn it around
During the episode, Captain Lee Rosbach tweeted and seemed furious with Pienaar’s behavior. He shared again in his blog what he thought of Pienaar’s actions and behavior. “I have no idea who or what you think you are doing. This storyline with you getting drunk and misbehaving is really getting old,” Rosbach wrote. “Over a thousand dollars of damage caused by your behavior in the beach club and then make unwanted sexual advances on a superior, yes, I said that, check your epaulettes, and then you try to physically attack her, and then you remember nothing. I don’t know, but I’m really feeling a problem here.”
Captain Lee Rosbach was also agitated with how Pienaar handled the situation the next day. “You stated that you were going to be the bigger person and apologize but I didn’t get the sense that you thought you really should have.But the offended party, Kate, came to the wheelhouse, took the heat, and not once did she try to throw you under the bus. Even though you’ve earned it thoroughly. No, she covered your ass. Then you got the nerve to say, “When you were younger, you had a temper. News flash Ashton, you still have a temper, especially when you’re drunk.
He added that Pienaar also set up deckhand Rhylee Gerber for failure too. “As far as the fishing trip, Rhylee did what she was supposed to do, with absolutely no help from you. You weren’t part of the team, you just sat down and hoped Rhylee would fail so you could throw her under the bus and say, you see, I told you she wouldn’t train. Let’s see how that works out for you. I’m very disappointed in you and your behavior so far. My only hope is that you can turn it around, but I’m not counting on it.”
Captain Lee Rosbach commends Kate Chastain but wishes she would have told him
Without knowing the severity of the situation, Rosbach could not do anything about it. “Kate, my only issue is that you didn’t let me know when you left or a note or something so I would know you were ok,” he shared. “Now that I see why you left, I really wish you’d let me know what was going on so I could have handled it. And I certainly would have handled it quickly and decisively, to say the least. You showed a lot of class by not throwing Ashton under the bus that he would have earned.”
Captain Lee Rosbach now also sees how Pienaar tries to poison the rest of the men on the boat against Kate Chastain and Gerber. Although stallion Brian de Saint Pern was not directly involved in the incident with Chastian, Rosbach now sees what Pienaar is trying to do and is not happy. “Brian, not much to say. I’m really shocked that you just keep eating out of the bowl bs that Ashton keeps feeding you and Tanner about Kate and Rhylee,” Rosbach wrote. “The fishing trip wasn’t that one-sided at all, but you jumped right on Rhylee without having all the facts. I’m surprised at you.”