Ahoy! Below Deck Mediterranean is back! And with it comes Bravo’s first ever female captain, Sandy Yawn. Previews suggest that Captain Sandy is just the sort of no-nonsense leader we like to see, bringing plenty of experience and gravitas to the job. She’ll need it to rein in the typical gang of hooligans Bravo rounds up to
destroy property and embarrass themselves run Below Deck’s charter season.
Maintaining that she’s not “bossy or b*tchy,” Sandy does argue that she keeps her crew in line. “I will like slap them across the head and go, ‘How old are you? You’re 24? Okay, well you’re acting like you’re 12.'” Speaking of 12-year olds, at least Sandy doesn’t have to contend with the likes of Danny Zureikat, as he’s busy “making moments” elsewhere these days. Although, former deckhand Bobby Giancola and chief stew Hannah Ferrier from season one may keep her busy enough!
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In a People interview, Sandy explains that she tries to bring her crew “back to reality” most of the time. “I tell them, ‘Look where you are, you’re standing on a 50 million Euro boat. You are in the middle of the Mediterranean in a dream job that everyone who watches the show would love to have. Snap out of it.’”
She does draw the line at tattling though, a big no-no in Sandy’s book. “When it comes to the bridge that’s when I step in and someone usually gets fired. I have a fourth wall. Crew members are not allowed to come to me about the person in charge of them unless it’s obviously detrimental to their health. The minute it reaches the bridge, it can’t be resolved and I usually fire them, because coming to me is like telling on their boss.”
Yes! So, let’s do the math: At least 4-5 crew members complain to the captain every season about another person. Therefore, at least one fourth of the crew will likely be fired? Well, maybe not. But a drama-addicted girl can dream!
As for crew-on-crew
boning romance, Sandy is like, meh. Been there, done that. She jokes, “Think about it, they’re young, handsome, gorgeous, and they make a lot of cash with unlimited amounts of alcohol. Do I allow them to drink under charter? No.”
Ah, but drink on charter they shall! For, how else are these young denizens of the high seas going to make their terrible decisions?
Even Bobby teases that there will be plenty of on-screen hookups in our viewing future. He tells People, “It’s juicy! There’s a lot of flirting going on and confusion on who does who like. Then there are past relationships that affect judgement of others. You’ll see it’s crazy! Things come out of left field. There were things that still surprise me and I lived it!”
But as long as the crew do their job, Sandy says it’s all good. “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.”
“There have been times I’ve had to say, ‘Knock it off.’ I’m not their mother; I’m their leader.” (Clap, clap, clap!)
Tonight is the season premiere of Below Deck Mediterranean! Join us here at 9/8 CST!
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