‘Below Deck Med’: Captain Sandy Admits She Thought the Show Would Ruin Her Career

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean revealed that she was initially hesitant to participate within the nautical docuseries for concern it could destroy her profession.

Captain Sandy Yawn from 'Below Deck Mediterranean'
Captain Sandy Yawn |Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

Yawn got here to the collection as a extremely adorned captain. With 30 years beneath her belt, Yawn earned the distinguished Distinguished Crew Award from the International Superyacht Society. She was additionally acknowledged for her fast determination making and heroic efforts when her crew was pursued by pirates in Yemen in 2006.

So when she was approached to be on a actuality tv collection, Yawn admits she paused earlier than agreeing. Of course, now she views that transfer as a platform to not solely educate however encourage others to affix the maritime trade.

She fearful it could be a career-damaging transfer

Yawn stated the present kind of “fell into her lap” and producers contacted her. “My first thought was it’s going to ruin my career,” she instructed Boating Industry. “Because it wasn’t fondly looked after. Because it really exposed a lot.”

She clearly reconsidered. “Then I thought about it. What I learned if something presents itself, you don’t say no to it,” she insists. “Try it, and if you like it, you do it. And if you don’t just step away from it. And that’s really what I did.”

Yawn is completely happy she grabbed onto the chance. “And I’m grateful I did because I’m getting so many messages about how I inspire people especially women. Anything’s possible. I get thousands of messages where they can start.”

Yawn even created a particular basis to supply monetary help to those that need to get their yachting certification, however can’t afford the lessons. She’s additionally planning to work with native faculties to coach college students in regards to the alternatives within the yachting trade.

She’s mentored many crew members

Viewers noticed Yawn mentor bosun João Franco on the collection. Franco arrived on the present because the lead deckhand however his ardour and willpower caught Yawn’s eye. Like all of her crew members, she provided Franco a lot of alternatives to hone and increase his abilities.

As a result, viewers noticed Franco finally interviewing for a job as a captain. He landed the place and credited Yawn to getting him the place he’s today. “With João, I helped him get a job,” Yawn instructed Decider. “I told the owner, do not let him go to sea as captain. You need to put someone with experience because if you’re just sitting in a shipyard working on a boat all the time, you’re not getting that experience at sea.”

She defined what it takes to make it in yachting too. “You need to know how to solve problems. You need to know not to rely on your team. With João, from what I’ve witnessed, is he tries to do everything. You’ve got to figure out a finesse where you want the crew to want to do this for you. So how do you do that? Well, I have that formula. He needs to learn it.”

Yawn has additionally provided phrases of encouragement to different Below Deck crew members like Rhylee Gerber, Abbi Murphy, and Malia White, who now returns at Yawn’s bosun. White would be the first feminine bosun featured on the collection.

Below Deck Mediterranean season 5 premieres on Monday, June 1 at 9/8c on Bravo.

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