‘Below Deck Med’: Captain Sandy Says Season 5 Was the Toughest Season So Far

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean says this season was each the hardest, but additionally essentially the most rewarding of the collection for her.

Captain Sandy Yawn from 'Below Deck Med'
Captain Sandy Yawn | Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo

She opened up concerning the stress of the season and mentioned that a few of what occurred on the present despatched her to the telephones to see if any of her captain associates skilled something comparable. “I always say this season was the toughest season on me, but the most rewarding,” she mentioned on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. “It’s definitely going to be the biggest wow factor ever.”

“I just go like, is this really happening?” she mentioned of a number of the dramatic occasions. “Maybe a couple of times where I go, ‘What am I going to do?’ I ask myself and then I call my other captain friends, ‘Hey, what’s it like on your boat?’ And then I don’t feel so bad. I go to my cabin and I call captains that are on charter. And I go, ‘You won’t f**king believe this.’ So we all have these conversations. I’m like, ‘Oh, okay. This happens all the time.’”

Yacht captains simply needed the crew to do their job

She says her aim on constitution is for the crew to do their job. “All I want them to do is come up the stairs and do their job,” she mentioned including that different captains agree. “They’re like ‘Exactly! Can’t they just do their effing job?’ Who gives a sh*t what’s going on downstairs? None of us care, none of us want to know.”

“We just want them to come up those stairs and do their job,” she continued. “Cause that’s what we signed up for. We didn’t sign up for a love triangle. You know, I don’t care. You can have an orgy on the freaking crew mess table. I don’t care.”

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Yawn provides that shoppers who trip on a superyacht demand a better stage of service and every boat competes for business. “And that’s really what we have to do on a superyacht to justify the kind of money they spend,” she mentioned. “And they do critique us like, the charter clients go back to their charter broker and say, ‘I’ll never book that crew again.’ Or ‘I think those crew are amazing. I’ll book those crew again.’ It’s not about the boat. It is about the crew.”

The buck stops with the captain

The accountability is on the captain if the crew doesn’t carry out or if one thing harmful happens. “We’re a real professional industry just because of your watches they think we’re friends, we’re not friends,” she mentioned of her crew. “I’m their superior. Ultimately I am in charge and I’m responsible for their lives.”

“If something catastrophic happens, God forbid, one of them gets really hurt, I’m responsible,” she mentioned. “I get held accountable, not the owner. Because we’re on a foreign flag vessel in a foreign country. So we’re essentially a floating country. We’re governed by the laws of those countries. So say, for example, a crew member goes to jail. I have to bail them out. They’re my responsibility. I can’t just leave them there. Then if I have to terminate someone, I have to repatriate them. I can’t leave them in a country.”

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She provides that the job extends past simply driving the boat. “A lot of people don’t understand that,” Yawn mentioned. “Captains go to prison and their license gets taken away if something bad happens. And I will never risk my license. And I think a lot of the viewers think, Oh my gosh, you know, they, I don’t know what they think. They don’t think it’s a real job, but it really is.”

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