Captain Sandy Goes BALLISTIC On Guest This Season on ‘Below Deck Med’
Below Deck Mediterranean stews, Kyle Viljoen and Jessika Asai, spilled some preview tea involving Captain Sandy Yawn during their joint appearance on Watch What Happens Live Monday night.
Kyle and Jessika were chatting with Andy Cohen about the currently unfolding drama airing on the show when the host pressed the duo to dish on how captains interact with charter guests.
Andy Cohen asked — “What’s the angriest you’ve ever seen a captain get at a charter guest?”
The Bravo stars thought about the question for a moment before Kyle teased — “Not giving too much away, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen a captain in my career get very upset.”
Andy Cohen, who was clearly intrigued, asked — “Really? Sandy gets super upset?”
Kyle repeated — “Very upset. At a guest,” prompting a collective “oooh” from the live studio audience. Jessika confirmed Kyle’s story with a nod, but did not offer any additional details.
Captain Sandy has called out charter guests in the past for various offenses, including ignoring safety protocols, heavy drinking, and inappropriate interactions with crew members.
Jessika and Kyle revealed that a blow-up doll and a sex toy were the most unusual items they’d unpacked for guests, but Cohen appeared fixated on what sequence of events could have triggered Captain Sandy to go off on a guest.
Captain Sandy hit a bump at the start of the Season 8 charter season when bosun, Ruan Irving, showed up to work without the required paperwork.
Earlier this month, “Below Deck” alum, Captain Lee Rosbach, weighed in on her decision to remove the bosun during the “Below Deck Med” premiere episode.
Captain Lee addressed the document debacle during the October 4 episode of his podcast, “Salty with Captain Lee.” Captain Sandy said that Ruan’s submitted documentation raised multiple red flags before removing him from the vessel.
“When you pull into a foreign port as a captain you are subject to flag state inspection — depending on what flag you are flying by the office there. They can come onboard at any time and go through the whole vessel. Not only the personnel but the boat itself,” Captain Lee explained to co-host, Sam DeCavalcanti, in regard to Captain Sandy’s expressed concerns.
The Port Authority notified Sandy that a scanned copy of Ruan’s Yachtmasters included a copy of another person’s photo, after the bosun was told to enlist a friend to forward him the required paperwork through the mail.
“You have got to be freaking kidding me,” Sandy told cameras. “This is someone else’s picture on Ruan’s certificate. This is major, this is like a whole different level. This is not OK. The entire vessel could be arrested because of one crew member.”
Captain Lee pointed out that the problem should’ve been tackled during the production vetting process, ahead of filming.
“The only person who is responsible for everything that happens on that vessel is the captain,” he said. “Port State Authority don’t give a s—t [if you are filming a show]. That is not putting money in their pocket. They don’t care.”
Below Deck Mediterranean airs on Mondays at 9 pm ET on Bravo.
Olivia Davis is a Staff Writer at All About The Tea. Olivia’s hobbies include binging Netflix series, and watching Housewives on Bravo. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in History.