The Untold Truth Of Below Deck's Captain Sandy - The List (2023)

The Untold Truth Of Below Deck's Captain Sandy - The List (1)

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ByJoey Keogh/Updated: Feb. 11, 2021 3:31 pm EST

Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn made major waves when she climbed aboardspin-off showBelow Deck:Mediterraneanin Season 2. As one of only a handful of female yachting captains in the industry, Yawn, who is a native ofFort Lauderdale, Fla., started off at an immediate disadvantage upon joining the crew.

However, Yawn — known best as just "Captain Sandy" — has turned her unique position into a major selling point, leading the charge through season after season of the hit Bravo show, all the while proving herself calm under pressure, a great mentor, and an even better boss. Comparisons to the legendary Captain Lee abound but this is one lady whose style is all her own.

The reality TV starhad her hardships, found love in a modern, tech-obsessed age, and even earned a nickname for her impressive managerial style. This is the untold truth of Below Deck Med's inimitable Captain Sandy.

She's Sandy to her friends but Captain Sandy to her Below Deck crew

It's difficult to know how to refer to Below Deck'sCaptain SandyYawn — should people use her surname, call her Captain Sandy, or even Captain Yawn? The folks over at Decider were similarly confused, so they asked the Below Deck Mediterranean fan fave how she likes to be addressed. "Anyone can call me Sandy. What happens in the yachting industry is people think we're all friends because we live together. And then they start losing that, 'Oh my gosh, she's actually in charge of me,'" she explained.

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. "I always want people to feel I'm approachable. Having said that, I also need them to remember that I am in charge, and if you don't set that precedent in the beginning, then they get confused because I play a lot," she said. Considering how beloved she is among staff both past and present, clearly whatever Captain Sandy is doing is working.

Below Deck's Captain Sandy almost died in a motorbike accident

Anybody who's had even a fleeting glimpse of Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn in action know she's a total boss babe. But her strength goes beyond leading a difficult crew on the high seas. As she revealed in an interview with Women's Health, a near-death experience ended up saving her life. Yawn recounted how, in February 2015, when she was 49, shecrashed her motorcycle into a car, which left her with fractured bones in most of her limbs.

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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. She had laparoscopic surgery less than a month later to remove it. "Who would have ever thought they would be grateful for being in a motorcycle crash? But I was. As the doctor explained, it might have been years until that tumor was found. At that point, the cancer would have progressed, and it would have been too late," she revealed.

Below Deck's Captain Sandy is not the crew's mother, she's their leader

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The casts of Below Deck and Below DeckMediterranean might not be as debauched as, say, the Vanderpump Rules lot, which features the likes of Lala Kent andStassi Schroeder,but spending so much time isolated on boats together does bring out a certain... element in people, particularly young, hot crew-members looking to quash their boredom between shifts. Thankfully, Below Deck'sCaptain 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.

"How I handle it is, I don't care who you sleep with or if you all sleep together, but the minute you come up on deck you better be professional. I don't want to see that behavior on deck and do your job. And they do. Most of the time they do their jobs," she told People. Although Captain Sandy has had to intervene a few times, she makes it clear that she's "not their mother" but"their leader." And, as their leader, the Below Deck Med star understands that "theyhave to have outlets," adding,"You can't demand what we demand from these crews and not let them have these outlets."

Shared faith helped Below Deck's Captain Sandy find love

After years of working in a male-dominated industry, wondering whether she'd ever find someone who could fit into her insanely busy life, Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawnfound love in the unlikeliest of places: on Facebook, where gospel singer Leah Shafer sent her a sweet message about Below Deck Mediterranean. 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. 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.

When the two finally met in person, they knew instantly. Captain Sandy even relocated to Denver to be with Shafer. Their shared faith brought them together, with Shafer revealing, "It was like a spiritual connection in the beginning. She has a passion for inspiring through music and the youth. And broken people and so do I coming from the gospel industry. That's what brought us together. And then, of course, the attraction and falling in love with a beautiful soul and knowing you want to be with someone forever. I've never felt that way before."

Below Deck's Captain Sandy thinks being a captain is pretty hot

She may have found her ideal partner, but Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn still has to fend off unwanted attention from horny yacht guests. As she told Bravo, it's largely because of her standing on the ship. "It's sexy. It's pretty hot," the Below Deck Mediterranean star said of being a captain. 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.

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According to apsychological study about the connection between power and sexual attraction, the two are intrinsically linked. The report found that power heightens sexual attraction. Both male and female high-powered individuals were significantly more attractive to participants than their low-power counterparts, which is great news for a woman captaining a super-yacht for sure. We guess being in a powerful position is just one of many surprising traits men find attractive, and it seemsCaptain Sandy has doubt about her effect on guests.

Below Deck's Captain Sandy has a nickname at sea that's very fitting

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'sCaptain Sandy Yawn is taken as something of a trailblazer in the industry. More than that, though, she's a major bada**. Quite literally, as noted in an interview with Boats, the Below Deck Mediterranean star is known colloquially as "Bada** Captain."

It's something she leans into 100 percent. Her daily mantra is: "Wake up. Show up. Kick a**. Repeat." 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. 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.

Below Deck's Captain Sandy didn't always want to be a yacht captain

Watching her work, it's impossible to envision anywhere else Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn could possibly be more at home. And yet, being a yacht captain wasn't her end goal. In fact, it wasn't even a goal — period. As she reminisced with Boats, she "fell into it," admitting, "It's not like I said, 'I have to be a yacht captain.'"

Growing up in Florida, she was always on the water, even cleaning boats as an early job. The captain of the yacht on which she landed her very first crew position wasn't great, leading her to realize she could do better. After being hired by the owner of a 67-footer, who paid for Captain Sandy to earn her captain's license, she stayed and worked with him for almost ten years. Below Deck came calling in 2015, looking for her to be a part of their newMediterraneanspin-off. "I thought, 'Why not?'" she shared. "This show reaches the middle of America and people who knew nothing about charter."

Below Deck's Captain Sandy has an empathetic response to homophobia

One of Below Deck Mediterranean's most shocking moments saw Mila Kolomeitseva — the first female chef featured on the hit Bravo reality TVfranchise — making homophobic comments to other members of Captain Sandy Yawn's crew. Kolomeitseva's issue surrounded her young son seeing "two men kissing each other," which was something she wanted to avoid. When questioned about the incident by Too Fab, Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy said she heard it through the grapevine only, rather than being told directly.

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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. Captain Sandy elaborated, "That's her opinion. That doesn't reflect [me]," adding, "She can have her opinion. I don't really care. Doesn't reflect on me. It reflects on her."

The girlfriend of Below Deck's Captain Sandy is everything the star was looking for

Meeting Leah Shafer was fate as far asBelow Deck Mediterranean star Captain Sandy Yawnis concerned. "It was meant to be because I wasn't really looking for it," she toldToo Fab, adding,"I wrote a list of the person I wanted, and she's the list," she explained.

Their connection was instantaneous, of course, but Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy was quick to note that the honeymoon period has continued on regardless. "You know when you meet that person, you know? And then you say, 'Okay, they're on their best behavior.' But she's actually normal, and I wake up happy every day of my life," she explained.

The Below Deck Med fixture previously told Bravo's Daily Dish, "I want someone who wakes up happy, just is happy to be alive. Like, that's how I wake up every day of my life," and it looks like Shafer certainly fits the bill.

Below Deck's Captain Sandy almost lost her life to addiction

Aside from a deadly motorcycle accident, which in turn led to a cancer scare, Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn also almost lost her life to addiction, something many people don't understand. 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." Captain Sandy elaborated on her troubles, admitting, "No matter how much money you have, it's not going to save your life if you are an addict or an alcoholic. And I was a major addict and alcoholic." In fact, she said she was frequently in and out of jail for drunk-driving.

Nowadays, Captain Sandy utilizes those troubled experiences to teach others to stay on the right path. "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. Her mother was an alcoholic, making Captain Sandy's home life difficult, too. Thankfully, by 25, she was ready to turn her life around.

Veganism didn't agree with Below Deck's Captain Sandy

Watching her confidently steer the ship on Below Deck Mediterranean, it seems there's nothing Captain Sandy Yawn can't do. And yet, something as relatively simple as going vegan beat the tough-as-nails leader. As she explained to Bravo's The Feast, driving a vessel for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society made her conscious of what she eats, in particular fish. She's toyed with the idea of going vegan, but it unfortunately didn't work for her.

"Honestly, I try, but I didn't feel well to be honest. I didn't have the energy. Some bodies just aren't cut to go vegan.I tried," she said. These days, it's actually her partner, Leah Shafer, who decides what they eat because Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy is so laid-back about it. "I'm not that person [who has to decide]: As a captain, we constantly make decisions. When I'm with someone else, I don't want to make a decision. I don't want to choose," she said.

(Video) Captain Sandy Yawn Opens Up About Being Arrested | Below Deck Med After Show (S4 Ep15)

Below Deck's Captain Sandy would love to welcome some Real Housewives aboard

Most people watching Real Housewivescouldn't imagine tussling with any of the ladies in the ever-expanding franchise, but Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn would welcome some of the mouthiest broads on-board. In fact, she'd relish having them as guests. When Decider asked which show in particular she'd like to see stars from, Captain Sandy chose New York City. She explained,"New Yorkers have an edge. I love to be challenged by clients. When clients are yes-ing you to death, I know that it's not perfect because that's impossible. I need the client to tell me the truth. They'll tell the truth."

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. I love NeNe, Dorinda, I love them all. But after spending time with Gizelle, we didn't even really talk a lot, but she was so gracious. She's cool." The Below Deck Mediterranean star confirmed, "She's cool on the show, she's real. ...So I have to say, she's probably won me over."

Below Deck's Captain Sandy doesn't appreciate the Captain Lee comparisons

So-called "stud of the sea" Captain Lee Rosbach is a Below Deck mainstay but if there was anyone who was going to not just follow in his footsteps but blow him out of the water (pun intended), it would beCaptain Sandy. Even so, she's not terribly impressed with the comparisons. As she told Decider, "When people compare me to Captain Lee on Twitter, that makes me realize they have no idea who I am, or who he is. It's just what they watch. We have two very different career paths. I was a busy charter captain in the Mediterranean. That wasn't Captain Lee."

Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy was quick to note, "I have respect for him. We get along. He's great, he refers to me as kiddo. He's a great guy." Still, she also asserted, "As a woman in this industry, I worked hard to get to where I am. When you're a guy it's an easier climb, right?" She explained that everything has to be 100 percent by the book because mistakes aren't as forgivable for a female captain.

Below Deck's Captain Sandy sees being a female captain as an advantage

As much as being a woman made it harder for Below Deck'sCaptain Sandy Yawn to make her mark (via Decider), she doesn't necessarily see it as a setback. She told Bravo, "Being a female captain in this industry is challenging and inspiring because I thrive on problem solving. Being a woman in the male dominated yachting world is an advantage due to my ability to multi task while managing the emotions of the crew. I choose not to come from a place of power and control and it really, really works."

She continued, "I prefer to be hands-on, firm, and compassionate. That's how I navigate my leadership." Furthermore, Captain Sandy sees her role as inspirational too, telling The Little White Liethat this is her time "to inspire other young ladies to jump in and say YES to taking a risk." She continued,"It's so worth it! If you fall short don't give up, just pick yourself up, brush yourself off and go for it again."

(Video) Captain Sandy Explains Why She Fired Hannah Ferrier | Below Deck Mediterranean After Show (S5 Ep12)


What did Sandy from Below Deck go to jail for? ›

Her arrests were DUI related, which she explained in her own after-show segment. "I grew up in a state where at 17 years old, you could drink. And we had drive-thru daiquiri bars. You could drive through, order your daiquiri, and drive away.

Is Captain Sandy not a real captain? ›

“That's not true. I'm a real captain and I expect a level of service,” Sandy told Showbiz CheatSheet in April 2021. “Hannah was there for the camera. I was there as a captain.

What is Captain Sandy Yawn past? ›

Yawn shares her background in a family contending with generations of substance struggles. After an uprooted teen life between her parents' homes, she fell into drug and alcohol misuse that led to multiple arrests and life-threatening accidents.

Who told Captain Sandy about Hannah? ›

In what should come as no surprise to Below Deck Med fans, Hannah isn't exactly friends with all of her former co-stars—namely Malia White, who was the one to tell Capt. Sandy that Hannah had undeclared Valium and a CBD pen on board, leading to her dismissal.

Who did Captain Sandy marry? ›

Below Deck Med: Captain Sandy Yawn and girlfriend Leah Shafer celebrate 4 years together.

How much is a 3 day charter on Below Deck? ›

How much is a 3 day charter on Valor? For instance, Below Deck season three guests paid about $35,000 for a three day, two-night charter, according to Yacht Charter Fleet. This is compared to $87,500 for three days or $175,000 per week.

How much does a captain get paid on Below Deck? ›

As for the Captain of the boat, they usually make between $150,000 to $210,000 a year working on a 185-foot superyacht like Captain Lee Rosbach's My Seanna on Below Deck, assuming the Captain is working full-time.

What license does Captain Sandy have? ›

There are many maritime schools all over the world that offer training – and different countries also have different requirements and approvals for schools. MPT provides accredited training for those looking for STCW and USCG or MCA training. Did you know that Captain Sandy went to MPT for her Captain's License?

Is Captain Sandy still sailing? ›

Thankfully, Sandy is still enjoying her job as a luxury yacht captain despite having to deal with a new cast of bickering deckhands each season.

Does Captain Sandy have a child? ›

Captain Sandy Credits Her Work Ethic to Her Upbringing as a "Child Slave" in the Meat Business. This is from a woman that's been in the military for 34 years. My son 'came out' 2 years ago and had lived with his boyfriend while attending college and working about 38 hours. Keep up with he great job.

What is the net worth of Captain Sandy? ›

7 Captain Sandy Yawn's Net Worth Is $400,000

Sandy is firm in managing the crew members, but the captain has caught steam for mistreating a crew member while favoring another. The accident survivor has a net worth of about $400 000. Sandy amassed her wealth from over thirty years of sailing the high sea.

What is Captain Sandy info? ›

Captain Sandra Yawn (“Captain Sandy”) is a leader, hero, international speaker and businesswoman, whose exceptional leadership style has helped her to break through every obstacle in her path – from the glass ceilings and near-fatal accidents on land to pirates and fires at sea!

Was Hannah pregnant on below deck? ›

Hannah Ferrier Welcomes Her First Child: "[She] Has Captured Our Hearts Forever" The Below Deck Med chief stew is officially a mom to a baby girl. Baby on board! Hannah Ferrier welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with boyfriend, Josh on October 26, the Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew has confirmed.

Who grassed up Hannah on below deck? ›

Below Deck Mediterranean's Captain Sandy Yawn has spoken out about why she sacked Hannah Ferrier over the drug drama, ahead of the season five finale. Viewers were left shocked when the chief stewardess was fired midway through the charter season, with Bugsy Drake taking her place.

Who replaced Hannah on below deck? ›

Bravo Hannah Ferrier was one of the most popular Chief Stews in the Below Deck series. After leaving in Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5, Hannah Ferrier was replaced by Bugsy Drake.

How much does it cost to go on Captain Sandy's boat? ›

Share: Yacht-vacation seekers would need to shell out a cool $220,000 for a week-long charter on the yacht featured on season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean, according to Charter World. Captain Sandy Yawn gave viewers a virtual tour of The Wellington from season 5, which is originally named The Wellesley.

Who is Captain Sandy's new crew? ›

Joining Sandy and Zee on board is a brand-new crew, which consists of Chief Stew Natasha Webb, Chef Dave White, Bosun Raygan Tyler, Stews Natalya Scudder and Kyle Viljoen and Deckhands Storm Smith and Jason Gaskell.

Are Captain Sandy and Malia friends? ›

Captain Sandy Yawn and Malia White haven't worked on the same ship since Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6, but their friendship is still in a good place. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen back in July 2022, Sandy shared that she was “still in contact” with the former bosun.

Do guests pay on Below Deck? ›

Guests pay for the charter

The charter guests you see on the show are genuine charter guests. They pay their own money to secure a space within the six weeks of filming time each season. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to charter any of the superyachts featured in the series.

Do guests on Below Deck get a discount? ›

Guests really do pay for their charter.

"They spend their real money to be on the show," executive producer Mark Cronin told Bravo TV. But since it may not be the most relaxing trip, guests that are featured on the reality show get a 50% discount on their charter.

Do the guests on Below Deck get paid to be on the show? ›

Yes, Guests Really Do Pay for the Charters

Below Deck charters cost a pretty penny, and they are paid for by the charter guests, including that wad of cash they hand over for the crew's tip. “They spend their real money to be on the show," Cronin explained.

Do yachties get paid a salary plus tips? ›

Yes, yachties do typically get paid, in addition to tips. Most individuals who work on luxury yachts are hired as employees with a standard wage and benefits. Wages vary depending on ones position and the size of the yacht. For example, captains and deckhands can earn anywhere from $2,000 to over $15,000 a month.

How much does a chief stew make without tips? ›

The chief stew makes about $5,500 to $6,000 a month and up to $75,000 a charter season. Related: 'Below Deck' season 9 trailer teases the new captain, an old rivalry and budding romances.

Does Captain Lee get tips? ›

Share: Despite not seeing the Below Deck captains taking a portion of the tip, Captain Lee Rosbach says he does receive tip money from the charters. A fan recently wondered on Twitter whether the entire tip goes only to the crew. However, the tip seen given out to the crew on the show is only a portion of it.

How many years sober is Captain Sandy? ›

One morning, Yawn decided that she wanted her life to be different. That day was August 29, 1989, and soon after, she began her career in yachting. Yawn recently celebrated her 33rd year in recovery and regularly speaks about continuing to take her sobriety one day at a time.

How much does a bosun make? ›

A bosun salary generally ranges between $3,500-5,000 per month, starting at $3,500 for those with minimal experience. Factors that might lead to a higher bosun salary include watersport certification, such as those all-important diving or kitesurfing credentials, and engineering experience or qualifications.

Does Captain Sandy own a restaurant? ›

Sandy Yawn, a luxury yacht captain on Bravo TV's "Below Deck Mediterranean" purchased the 106-year-old firehouse located at 618 W.

What drugs was Captain Sandy on Hannah? ›

Last night's episode proved to be the end of the line for Hannah Ferrier on Below Deck Mediterranean when Captain Sandy Yawn fired the longtime chief stew for keeping Valium pills and a CBD pen onboard without declaring them to the boat.

Why does Captain Sandy not like Hannah? ›

Hannah accused Sandy of being a "micromanager" and speculated her dislike came from her portrayal during the first season. She also claimed her large social media following brought out Sandy's competitive and "jealous" side towards her.

Did Captain Sandy and Hannah make up? ›

Their friendship came to an end during season 5 after Sandy found out Hannah had unregistered Valium and a vape pen on board. Sandy called Hannah to the bridge and immediately told her to depart the boat. While Hannah was furious, she left the boat without making a scene.

Does Malia become a captain? ›

Never shy about making her mark in a male-dominated industry, Malia rose through the ranks on super yachts and now has her 200-ton Captain's License with no limit in sight.

What is Aesha doing now? ›

Aesha Scott has been a cast member on not one, but two Below Deck shows — and now she's taking on another franchise staple: Galley Talk.

Who did Hannah from Below Deck marry? ›

That wasn't the only big event to take place in Hannah's life this year. In March, she married her husband Josh Roberts in a beautiful ceremony held in Sydney, Australia. The couple tied the knot just 16 months after welcoming their daughter, who played an intricate role in the beachside wedding.

How much does it cost to charter Captain Sandy's yacht? ›

The yacht is listed on Charter World for a cool €220,000 (around $243,000) per week, comes fully staffed, and is able to accommodate up to 12 guests.

Who owns the yacht Sirocco? ›

She is the 41st-largest yacht built by Heesen. The owner of Heesen 4700 Semi-Displacement yacht Sirocco is shown in SYT iQ and is exclusively available to subscribers.
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How much does the Below Deck crew get paid per episode? ›

The Below Deck cast make between $1,000 and $2,000 in tips per charter episode. Bravo only pay the cast a small appearance fee, with the remainder of their salary and wages being paid by the super-yacht charter company. So, there you have it. Bravo don't actually pay the cast and crew much money at all.

What does Captain Sandy do now? ›

In a July 6 Instagram post, they announced they are starting a podcast called The Captain Sandy and Leah Rae Show and asked fans to submit questions for them to answer live on the show.

Who is the father of Hannah Below Deck baby? ›

During her pregnancy with Ava, Hannah shared some details about her boyfriend/baby daddy, Josh Roberts. Over time, Hannah has featured Josh more on her Instagram feed, and the couple actually tied the knot in March of 2022.

Did Hannah on Below Deck sleep with a charter guest? ›

Hannah Ferrier: Jason and I had a lot of chemistry as soon as he came on board, but it really went against my rules to hook up with a charter guest! But after the few weeks I'd had dealing with the new crew, it was nice to get some positive attention.

What is Malia White doing now? ›

What does Malia from Below Deck do now? Since leaving the show in Season 7, Malia has been busy making waves in the yachting industry. White has worked her way up from being a green deckhand to an Officer of the Watch, after being awarded her certification.

What is Sandy addicted to on Below Deck? ›

She opened up about her struggle with alcohol abuse during Season 4 of the show after she became concerned with Travis Michalzik's drinking. “The only place I'm coming from is compassion because I've been there. It's addiction,” she told Travis at the time.

Did Hannah have drugs on board? ›

Below Deck Mediterranean showrunner Nadine Rajabi had no idea that one of her series' stars, Hannah Ferrier, had drugs onboard the mega-yacht Wellington while filming the series last fall.

Who has drugs on Below Deck? ›

After nearly an entire season of teasing the dramatic story line, the Monday, August 10, episode of Below Deck Mediterranean finally revealed who was stashing drugs on board: Hannah Ferrier.

Who replaces Lara? ›

17. By the second charter, Sandy was already calling Jess out for problems with the laundry. 18. Bugsy returned as Lara's replacement.

Who was Chief stew after Hannah was fired? ›

The Best: #5 – Bugsy Drake

After Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier was fired, Bugsy was promoted to fill her position, stepping up to the plate and always ensuring all of the small details were in order. While she wasn't the most assertive Chief Stew ever, she always made the guests a priority and had fun doing it.

Who does Aesha replace on Below Deck? ›

“Had I been replacing Captain Sandy on her boat temporarily and felt the necessity to fire one of her crew, I would have called her first to let her know what I was doing and why,” Rosbach penned in a January 23, 2023, tweet. “I agree with her decision, just not how she went about it.”

What health issues does Sandy Yawn have? ›

In an Instagram post shared in 2019, she wrote: '4 years ago Feb 21st I was riding my motorcycle to the Miami Boat show and was hit by a car. Due to that crash the doctors discovered a tumor on my kidney. It was cancer. '4 years ago today I had the tumor removed and I am alive and cancer free.

Who fired Sandy for drugs? ›

When Captain Sandy fired chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier in Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean for having “undeclared” drugs onboard the vessel (including Valium and a vape pen), it was just the first shot in a still-ongoing war.

How much does Captain Sandy make? ›

7 Captain Sandy Yawn's Net Worth Is $400,000

The accident survivor has a net worth of about $400 000. Sandy amassed her wealth from over thirty years of sailing the high sea.

How much does it cost to rent Captain Sandy's yacht? ›

The yacht is listed on Charter World for a cool €220,000 (around $243,000) per week, comes fully staffed, and is able to accommodate up to 12 guests.

How much does it cost to cruise on Below Deck? ›

How much does it cost to charter a yacht from Below Deck? The cheaper yachts from Below Deck can be chartered for $140,000 a week. The most expensive ones have charter costs close to $300,000 per week.

Does Sandy have a girlfriend? ›

Below Deck star Captain Sandy Yawn gushes about singer girlfriend Leah Shafer in new book as she gives rare insight into their relationship.

Did Captain Sandy have work done? ›

She ended up needing reconstructive surgery on her foot so she could walk correctly again. It was because of this accident that Sandy learned about the cancerous spot on her kidney.

Does Captain Sandy Yawn have children? ›

My son is 26 yrs old, my daughter 11. But they will always be my babies.

Was Hannah pregnant on Below Deck? ›

Hannah Ferrier Welcomes Her First Child: "[She] Has Captured Our Hearts Forever" The Below Deck Med chief stew is officially a mom to a baby girl. Baby on board! Hannah Ferrier welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with boyfriend, Josh on October 26, the Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew has confirmed.

Who replaced Hannah on Below Deck? ›

Bravo Hannah Ferrier was one of the most popular Chief Stews in the Below Deck series. After leaving in Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5, Hannah Ferrier was replaced by Bugsy Drake.

What accident did Captain Sandy have? ›

Bravo's Captain Sandy Yawn Marks 8 Years Since Motorcycle Accident, Cancer Diagnosis.

Do the crew on Below Deck pay for nights? ›

Yes, Guests Really Do Pay for the Charters

Below Deck charters cost a pretty penny, and they are paid for by the charter guests, including that wad of cash they hand over for the crew's tip. “They spend their real money to be on the show," Cronin explained.


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