‘Below Deck Med’: Alex Radcliffe Is Finally Named Lead Deckhand

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alex Radcliffe, Malia White

After a number of charters of sharing the place, bosun Malia White from Below Deck Mediterranean lastly named Alex Radcliffe because the lead deckhand.

Alex Radcliffe, Malia White
Alex Radcliffe, Malia White|Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo

White hinted in a earlier episode she deliberate to call one deckhand to the place however didn’t reveal who would get the job. She demoted Pete Hunziker, who was the unique lead deckhand after he made inappropriate sexual remarks towards stew Christine “Bugsy” Drake. Hunziker would usually check with White as “sweetheart” and generally ignore her course.

After Hunziker was demoted, White quickly instructed Radcliffe he was the lead deckhand. Radcliffe confirmed with Showbiz Cheat Sheet that the appointment was non permanent and that White allowed the deck workforce to take turns within the place.

Alex Radcliffe turns into lead deckhand

But now White made it official and promoted Radcliffe. White gathered her deck workforce within the crew mess for the announcement. “I was going to give you a big inspirational meeting right before our last charter, but then we ran out of time,” she stated.

“You know we had this whole thing with the lead deckhand, and we all kind of squashed having a lead deckhand,” she continued. “But I’m gonna name the lead deckhand for this last trip. Pete, we had a rocky start with you, and you took it on the chin. Rob [Westergaard], you’ve been the most consistent. And that’s been amazing.”

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“And Alex,” she exclaimed. “I never thought I would say this, you’re the lead deckhand. You have it and you’ve shown it. The crew respects you. The crew comes to you when they need a laugh. And I can certainly come to you when I need something done. You’ve done amazing. And you guys have been an amazing deck team to have so thank you.”

Radcliffe has loved the expertise

“It’s freaking awesome,” Radcliffe stated in a confessional. “It’s awesome she’s able to trust me and want me to be her lead deckhand. Getting this role literally like makes me feel like I can actually grow in this industry.”

Radcliffe instructed Showbiz Cheat Sheet about how he vibed with the crew. “I’m pretty good at reading people,” he stated in July. “For Malia, I could definitely see that she’s a great person, but you could tell she has a ‘don’t f**k with me’ mentality. She’s in charge, she’s fair but she’s also very relatable.” Adding, “She’s also good at talking to all of us and finding a middle ground between me, Rob and Pete. She’s awesome.”

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“Rob was definitely quiet,” he noticed. “I feel like Rob maybe had a little bit of a harder time because we were all American on deck and he’s South African. So he thought maybe we didn’t get his humor so maybe it took him a little longer to adjust. But he’s just a goofy, funny [guy].”

“I think Sandy is awesome,” he stated. “Me and her got along very well. I think what happened with me and Sandy was she asked me, ‘Oh so you wanna be a captain someday?’ And I was like, ‘No, I don’t.’” 

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