Captain Sandy doesn't talk about her personal life too often on Below Deck Med. I don't want to choose," she said. KW: How does that approach translate to the show? We have one or two days’ turnaround. I need the client to tell me the truth. I grew up in yachting working as a crewmember and my captain never helped me, ever. "I'm not that person [who has to decide]: As a captain, we constantly make decisions. According to a psychological study about the connection between power and sexual attraction, the two are intrinsically linked. She shared with Editor-in-Chief Kenny Wooton some thoughts on her life, her new gig and what her future may bring. A yacht owner asked me if I wanted a job maintaining his 67 Hatteras. Malia wasted no time at clapping back at the Below Deck captain, saying Captain Sandy's comment had come out of left field.In the video, Captain Sandy went on to say, "Malia…I think she’s secretly gay, to be honest. … DON'T EXAGGERATE! If you fall short don't give up, just pick yourself up, brush yourself off and go for it again. Essentially, it’s like they disappear into the wall. Thankfully, Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn couldn't care less what her charges get up to on-board, just as long as they keep things kosher when the time comes. KW: People wonder if the crew comprises professionals or actors. Still, she also asserted, "As a woman in this industry, I worked hard to get to where I am. I’m on the captains’ advisory council for SeaKeepers. But I was. And I love that she is focused." she shared. She is dating her girlfriend Leah Shafer whom she met through Facebook and confirmed a love at first sight. And then you say, 'Okay, they're on their best behavior.' !” she argued.. “Like to see ANY of you – #capt -get in there and do that job with ZERO HELP plus he has to feed all the crew!!!! That wasn't Captain Lee.". People in this industry ground me. I used to maintain boats in my Jeep with my boat brush. Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn made major waves when she climbed aboard spin-off show Below Deck: Mediterranean in Season 2.As one of only a handful of female yachting captains in the industry, Yawn, who is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., started … Are your crewmembers on “Below Deck Mediterranean” the raucous, drinking and carousing types we saw on previous “Below Deck” installments? She gave 1000 percent. She explained that everything has to be 100 percent by the book because mistakes aren't as forgivable for a female captain. But it turns out that the envelope was deceptively thin. As she told Bravo, it's largely because of her standing on the ship. The Feast recently asked Captain Sandy about the food a yacht charter chef should never serve, and her experience this season definitely influenced her answer. ...So I have to say, she's probably won me over. Considering she beat cancer and came back from a devastating injury (via Women's Health) to be one of a tiny group of women helming a yacht, it's no wonder Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn is taken as something of a trailblazer in the industry. But her strength goes beyond leading a difficult crew on the high seas. If I expect them to perform at all levels at all hours, always with a smile, then I have to do the same thing. One of only a handful of female captains in the industry, Yawn has seen her share of adventure, from being chased by pirates to containing major fires on board. How Much Does It Cost To Charter A Below Deck Yacht? The yacht, based in Mallorca, Spain, was just over 184 feet long. My sister has a school [for autistic children] in Jacksonville, Florida. When questioned about the incident by Too Fab, Below Deck's Captain Sandy said she heard it through the grapevine only, rather than being told directly. The yacht was launched in 1993 by prestigious Dutch shipyard Oceanco. '", Growing up in Florida, she was always on the water, even cleaning boats as an early job. Comparisons to the legendary Captain Lee abound but this is one lady whose style is all her own. And yet, something as relatively simple as going vegan beat the tough-as-nails leader. Further, Sandy moved to Denver from Los Angeles to live with her love. "Anyone can call me Sandy. Aside from a deadly motorcycle accident, which in turn led to a cancer scare, Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn also almost lost her life to addiction, something many people don't understand. The report found that power heightens sexual attraction. I choose not to come from a place of power and control and it really, really works. ET. Captain Lee Rosbach typically runs the Below Deck crew, while Captain Sandy Yawn takes over the Below Deck Mediterranean group. Kenny Wooton: Yacht charter is the most expensive holiday people can buy. What other industry creates that—people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds? I didn't have the energy. Captain Sandy even relocated to Denver to be with Shafer. That was a transition. The planning, the scheduling, the location, the weather, the scenery—for the clients and also for the filming. When I'm with someone else, I don't want to make a decision. Most of the time they do their jobs," she told People. Sandy Yawn, the yacht captain and star of the Bravo reality TV series “Below Deck Mediterranean,” plans to open a restaurant with a rooftop bar in the LaVilla area of Downtown Jacksonville. I am not a boss that just sits there and tells people what to do. Former Below Deck charter guest warns Captain Sandy. With Captain Sandy working consistently in a male-dominated industry, running yachts well above and below 100 feet, fronting a reality show about the industry itself, and frequently battling daunting professional and personal circumstances, the nickname is totally fitting. The coolest thing was really about all the clients—the interesting, diverse set of clients. For private crewed yacht charters, rates are generally thought to start around $10,000 but lower prices can be found, albeit on smaller boats. Yachting grounds me. And then they start losing that, 'Oh my gosh, she's actually in charge of me,'" she explained. Speaking to BOAT International, captain Sandy, 55, revealed that the opportunity to join Below Deck Mediterranean five years ago “landed in her lap” after an acquaintance recommended her to the showrunner. Although Captain Sandy has had to intervene a few times, she makes it clear that she's "not their mother" but "their leader." In advance of the Season 5 premiere of Below Deck: Mediterranean on Bravo, Captain Sandy Yawn shared that she had a heart attack two years ago. Browse her official website to see her shop, interests, events, charity work, and more! It offers that and it offers me that. She's cool." When you're a guy it's an easier climb, right?" Sandy Yawn’s career on and around the water has spanned 27 years, moving from earnest boat cleaner to widely respected captain of yachts up to 157 feet. Her mother was an alcoholic, making Captain Sandy's home life difficult, too. Guests are attracted to a woman at the helm because they don't see it very often, and they instantly want to know everything about her. Most people watching Real Housewives couldn't imagine tussling with any of the ladies in the ever-expanding franchise, but Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn would welcome some of the mouthiest broads on-board. Captain Sandy shared with Bravo’s Style & Living why chef Ben Robinson is a great example of a yacht chef. Article continues below advertisement And yet, being a yacht captain wasn't her end goal. "I thought, 'Why not?'" KW: What was the coolest thing that happened during production of the show? How Much Does a Yacht Captain Make? Fans of Below Deck will absolutely eat up the drama that’s stirring on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. I’ve always thought we should develop a barge, put all the green crewmembers we’re going to hire at sea, give them the worst conditions, don’t feed them, deprive them of sleep and see how they do emotionally. I was a lost kid until someone believed in me. ET. He never allowed me on the bridge. She is dating her girlfriend Leah Shafer whom she met through Facebook and confirmed a love at first sight. We go to the most fascinating places, we meet some of the most interesting people who own and charter these yachts. Wish more yacht chefs would send casting their CVs and audition. In fact, she'd relish having them as guests. He's great, he refers to me as kiddo. Kick a**. At 185 feet, My Seanna , sleeps 12 guests and 12 crew members. I don't want to see that behavior on deck and do your job. Let’s think about how many charters we’re getting from the show and how many people we’re introducing to the yacht world because of it. It's something she leans into 100 percent. After having full reconstructive surgery on her foot and ankle, which were both totally crushed in the accident, a chance meeting with a urologist friend-of-a-friend led to a tumor being discovered on Captain Sandy's kidney. Considering how beloved she is among staff both past and present, clearly whatever Captain Sandy is doing is working. I was going to help the last crewmember make the last bed. The Yacht Life Wasn't Always For Sandy. Below Deck Med's Captain Sandy on How Coronavirus Is Changing the Yachting Industry Sandy Yawn talks the future of travel and reveals who she'd want to be quarantined with on a luxury yacht … Someone finally said “You’re worth it,” and helped me up, and now I am where I am. I was pretty aimless. Fans of Below Deck will absolutely eat up the drama that’s stirring on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. It stood out among a multitude of DMs because of the "many blessings" at the end, which struck a chord with the faith-focused yacht captain. I've never felt that way before.". That's how I navigate my leadership." Sandy Yawn’s career on and around the water has spanned 27 years, moving from earnest boat cleaner to widely respected captain of yachts up to 157 feet. Captain Sandy Yawn may be one of few female superyacht captains, but she never doubted she could operate a large vessel, meet her clients’ needs, and manage a crew with ease and grace. The new spinoff premieres on Bravo Monday, February 3, at 9 p.m. At its core, "Bada** Captain" showcases this lady's focus on inspiring everyone to follow her lead and push themselves to be the best they can be. "Taking any sedative while on duty is completely illegal and could cost myself, the officers and Captain Sandy all of our licensing. Yawn recounted how, in February 2015, when she was 49, she crashed her motorcycle into a car, which left her with fractured bones in most of her limbs. "The only way I can help is to share my story," she said, adding that school was a nightmare for her and self-medicating may even have been a response to her burgeoning same-sex attraction. Sandy Yawn, the coolheaded captain from Below Deck Mediterranean, has opened up about filming the hit US reality show, currently underway on US network Bravo.. Before Captain Sandy Yawn joined the cast of Bravo’s Below Deck franchise as the series’ first female Captain, she rarely encountered women deckhands. I fell into it, just like every other person who’s done it. I love every boat show I get to see. NOTE: The speed of the boat that we use to calculate sailing time comes from you, the vessel OWNER! — Captain Sandy Yawn (@CaptSandyYawn) July 28, 2020 “Listen folks everyone on that boat has a team except THE CHEF!!! Their connection was instantaneous, of course, but Below Deck's Captain Sandy was quick to note that the honeymoon period has continued on regardless. My experience on the show was amazing. Thankfully, by 25, she was ready to turn her life around. I tried," she said. KW: What made you want to get into the yachting business? Captain Sandy Yawn: Personal Life & Partner. When clients are yes-ing you to death, I know that it's not perfect because that's impossible. She may have found her ideal partner, but Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn still has to fend off unwanted attention from horny yacht guests. I’m sure I’ll see some things that are part of this show that will shock me. I was never like that. Actually, through a friend who encouraged me to apply. At that point, the cancer would have progressed, and it would have been too late," she revealed. © 2020 Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. an Active Interest Media company. Anybody who's had even a fleeting glimpse of Below Deck's Captain Sandy Yawn in action know she's a total boss babe. This year's superyacht is big, even in the superyacht world. ", As for who her real-life Bravo favorites are, Captain Sandy advised, "I have to admit that I didn't watch The Real Housewives of Potomac, but after meeting Gizelle Bryant...her vibe. As one of only a handful of female yachting captains in the industry, Yawn, who is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., started off at an immediate disadvantage upon joining the crew. Their shared faith brought them together, with Shafer revealing, "It was like a spiritual connection in the beginning. I never interfered in the crew’s lives below deck, unless it migrated above deck. When we’re faced with challenges, I’m going to be right in the middle of it. Are you going to end up being a TV star, or will you go back to yachting when it’s all over? After researching Shafer, Captain Sandy realized she'd be ideal for her "I Believe" speaking tour "because her music has a message," as she told The Cheat Sheet. She became nationally known as a cast member of Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean. Why I was so successful as a charter captain all these years is I was the glue of the crew. The difference, in our professional world, is we make sure it stays below deck. ! Miami, Florida — (954) 253-5252. Captain Sandy Yawn on finding love and Season 4 of 'Below Deck Mediterranean' Bravo star Captain Sandy Yawn talks about her relationship with … Doesn't reflect on me. That creates a non-personal relationship. Furthermore, Captain Sandy sees her role as inspirational too, telling The Little White Lie that this is her time "to inspire other young ladies to jump in and say YES to taking a risk." I think, as a female, we must have different styles than our male counterparts. We have two very different career paths. Captain Sandy couldn't deny how swell Kris looked in the bridge of the yacht. If you had a camera in the crew mess and the crew cabins, you would be shocked, even in the real charter world. It’s almost like they’re not there, which feels pretty bad. The Yacht captain has admitted openly Lesbian and often spotted with her girlfriend in the public. Nowadays, Captain Sandy utilizes those troubled experiences to teach others to stay on the right path. The new captain in the Bravo series ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ speaks out on her yachting career and her new gig as small-screen skipper. That's what brought us together. Again, I’m not involved in their lives below deck, but things will happen. If you tell me the boat is faster than it really is the estimate could be off by 1 or more days resulting in more cost to you. Fans were shocked that Captain Sandy, who is a lesbian herself, would even consider mentioning a crew member's sexual orientation. Captain Sandy ensures her team knows who's the boss right off the bat, even though she considers herself a "warm" and "friendly" person by nature. As the doctor explained, it might have been years until that tumor was found. "I always want people to feel I'm approachable. View this post on Instagram Don’t miss Nacho-gate 2.0 and Jess under fire. It’s the longest vessel Sandy had ever captained and more massive than any other boat featured on Below Deck.. Crew Pay: 1 Captain @ $350 per day + 1 Deckhands @ $175 per day + Other crew 0 @ $ 0 per day + Captain Sandy Calls Out Person With Drugs on Board in Explosive Below Deck Med Trailer Watch the trailer for season five of Below Deck Med , which will feature a women-led yacht … I think we work in the greatest industry in the world. Kenny Wooton, Editor-in-Chief, Yachts International. Oh, and add alcohol. And, of course, there’s SeaKeepers [International SeaKeepers Society] because I’m into the sea, the oceans. Captain Sandy was very careful in describing the differences between real yachting and Below Deck yachting—presumably gauging how much of … Captain Sandy Yawn has been at the helm of Below Deck Mediterranean since season 2 hit our screens in 2017, and has quickly become a fan favorite. Some professionals in the yachting industry have complained that the “Below Deck” franchise is not an accurate depiction of what luxury yacht charter is really like. ", She continued, "I prefer to be hands-on, firm, and compassionate. I was washing boats for a living. She told Bravo, "Being a female captain in this industry is challenging and inspiring because I thrive on problem solving. The reality TV star had her hardships, found love in a modern, tech-obsessed age, and even earned a nickname for her impressive managerial style. The reality of this show is probably the same as the other shows. If you go through crew, you’re not a good charter captain. Yacht captain with approximately 30 years of experience of chartering yachts from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. The Below Deck Mediterranean star confirmed, "She's cool on the show, she's real. "This show reaches the middle of America and people who knew nothing about charter.". As for how she feels about Kolomeitseva's demonstrably homophobic attitude, the no-nonsense leader explained, "People grow up in different countries and are programmed a certain way to think," referring to the chef's Siberian upbringing. She explained, "New Yorkers have an edge. Although it's difficult to imagine the inspirational female captain as anything other than a total bada**, she explained to The Cheat Sheet that, particularly as a teenager, she "was a mess." Fans weren’t sure if he was going to leave a big tip. When Decider asked which show in particular she'd like to see stars from, Captain Sandy chose New York City. I grew up in Florida. The main saloon features blue and cream-colored couches and mahogany furniture, creating a serene but … Continue to next page below to see how much is Sandy Yawn really worth, including net worth, estimated earnings, and salary for 2019 and 2020. You’re going to see me really getting into the mud with them. 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