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Gabriela from Below Deck Sailing Yacht threatens to quit after drunk antics and crew feuds

Gabriela Below Deck Sailing Yacht, Gabriela Barragan
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Gabriela, Below Deck Sailing Yacht second stew, has had quite the crap week. 

After now-departed deckhand Tom Pearson served as the proverbial punching bag for episodes six and seven of Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 3 — with Captain Glenn finally cutting him loose last episode — stewardess Gabriela Barragan has taken up that role in episode eight, dealing with fights between multiple crewmates, a few professional snafus and some embarrassing alcohol-induced antics to boot. 

The crew of Parsifal III was in between charters this episode, which meant that they didn't have to deal with any nightmarish guests (Charles Sanders, we're looking at you!). But even though they weren't busy waiting hand and foot on high-demand vacationers, there was plenty of drama going on among the crewmates themselves, especially Barragan.

Gabriela has been spatting with third stew Ashley Marti from the beginning of the season, a feud that only grew larger this week thanks to their love triangle with Gary King, with Gabriela drunkenly crawling into bed with the first mate a mere hour after he was smooching Ashley during a night out. 

But Barragan also found a surprising sparring partner in chef Marcos Spaziani, who she picked a fight with after drinking a few too many at dinner, with him calling her "rude and sarcastic."

"You're a very insightful person, but sometimes, you make a lot of things about you, and it's okay for me to say that," she told the chef. 

"Gabby's pushing my buttons. Maybe I do talk about myself, but that doesn't mean she has to offend me. Disrespect for me is a no-no," Marcos said during a confessional. 

They continued to clash throughout the evening. "Can you keep it down? I'm trying to sleep," Gabby yelled at Marcos from Gary's bunk. "Um, you're in my f****** room, so shut up," he angrily responded. 

Gabriela's nighttime bunk arrangements also caused Ashley to lose her cool, with chief stew Daisy Kelliher being forced to intervene and put everyone to bed.

The knocks against Gabriela continued when she overslept for her shift the next morning and later dropped an entire tray of champagne flutes right before new charter guests were set to come on board. 

"I hate that I'm making a bad impression on people I look up to, that have more experience than me and are great at their jobs," Gabriela said in a confessional. "I low-key want to cry on the spot."

She pulled Ashley aside and revealed: "I feel like I want to f****** leave this boat, I feel like I want to quit. I feel like I'm constantly in trouble for something."

"My self-esteem is in the gutter," she said in a talking head. "I think I'm just at a loss because I know I'm f****** up...To take all these blows, I'm like imploding and I'm so f****** embarrassed."

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You can watch Below Deck Sailing Yacht every Monday at 8 pm ET/PT on Bravo in the US and on Hayu (opens in new tab) the next day in the UK.

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York. 


When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.