‘Below Deck Med’: Captain Sandy Says She Was Disappointed Crew Member ‘Jumped on That [Shade] Train’

Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean responded to a crew member who shaded her on social media, sharing that she was “disappointed” the crew member “jumped on that train.”

Sandy Yawn from 'Below Deck Med'
Sandy Yawn |Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/ NBCU Photo Bank

Yawn has been hit hard on social media, not only by fans but by some crew members. Former stew Lauren Cohen shared on social media that she would never work for Yawn again. “I would never work for Sandy again, her micromanaging and undermining of the crew in front of guests is detrimental to crew morale and overall success,” she shared on her Instagram story. Adding that Yawn’s job was to simply drive the boat.

Yawn revealed on the Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald podcast that she exchanged text messages with Cohen, clearly in disbelief that Cohen joined the chorus of negativity.

Captain Sandy was disappointed in the crew member

Yawn didn’t share that it was Cohen who shaded her. However, Yawn referred to Cohen as the “laundry girl” during her season and that the two had a text exchange. “And I just said ‘Well thank you for your advice. And I’m really disappointed you jumped on that train.’ Because I was always there listening and encouraging,” Yawn told Heather McDonald.

“But it’s like saying … I don’t get it,” Yawn continued. “It’s like you’re the CEO of a company and I wanted to say, ‘By the way who hired you on your next boat?'” Yawn shared that the stew told her she’s currently working as a chief stew on a presidential yacht.

“She goes, ‘It sounds like your feelings are hurt'” Yawn said. “I go, ‘No. My feelings aren’t hurt. I said I’m disappointed that you jumped on that train.”

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“It’s almost like people want to stay relevant,” Yawn said. “And it’s so interesting. The minute there’s something negative, and they feel like one crew member has popularity over the other one, they’re gonna match to that crew member. Because they want relevance.”

“You know what that is? That’s lack of self-esteem,” Yawn said. “To be true in your core values, to stay true to that, no matter what, even if you’re not the most popular person, is what matters here. And by the end of the day, because you’re truthful to your core values, you will rise.”

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“You’re not going to be attached to that negativity,” Yawn said. “And that’s really how I lead. I sent a text that I was disappointed. Why are you jumping on that train? Like why? You stand alone.”

Lauren Cohen’s drama during her season was with the crew

Unless drama occurred behind the scenes, cameras didn’t capture Cohen having an issue with Yawn during her season on the show. Instead, she had a contentious relationship with deckhand Bobby Giancola. She met Giancola before becoming a cast member and felt as though Giancola was a player.

She also felt as though she ended up in the middle of the drama within her own department. Christine “Bugsy” Drake was the second stew during Cohen’s time on the show. Cohen told Bravo’s The Daily Dish that she was felt as though she was caught between Drake and chief stew Hannah Ferrier.

Hannah Ferrier, Lauren Cohen, Wes Walton, Max Hagley
Hannah Ferrier, Lauren Cohen, Wes Walton, Max Hagley |Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/ NBCU Photo Bank

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“It’s really hard being the third stew, and I’m in the middle of my chief stew and my second stew,” she told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “And they’re both great at their job and they have completely different management styles. And I respect both. Hannah’s very, ‘Suck it up, let’s move on.’ And Bugsy’s like, ‘Let’s talk about it. Tell me about your feelings.’ So I appreciate both. I’m getting tugged in both directions, and it’s really hard. It’s hard working with your boss and being friends with her and trying to be friends with everyone else who may not like her. It’s a tough spot to be in.”