‘Below Deck’: What Did Rhylee Gerber Say About Captain Sandy’s Leadership Style?

Below Deck fans have shared that the time has come for a female bosun to appear on the show. Now that Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean has shown viewers what shattering the glass ceiling looks like, fans want to see more women in leadership positions on the show.

Andy Cohen, Captain Sandy Yawn
Andy Cohen, Captain Sandy Yawn | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

One constant female leadership job on the show is with the chief stew position. Both Kate Chastain from Below Deck and Hannah Ferrier from Below Deck Mediterranean have remained in charge of the interior. Only last season did the show feature a male steward on Below Deck.

While the deck team has almost always included a woman, Below Deck hasn’t shown a woman in charge of the deck team. Deckhand Malia White from Below Deck Med season 2 was promoted to lead deckhand, but that was the closest to a leadership deck position for a woman to date. With deckhand Rhylee Gerber returning to Below Deck, fans wonder what Gerber would be like working under Yawn’s leadership. Last year, Gerber told Showbiz Cheat Sheet she’d love to work for Yawn and feels under Yawn’s leadership, she could move up in rank.

Gerber shares why she’d like to work for Captain Sandy

With one fight under her belt after only appearing in only a few episodes, fans wondered if Yawn would have squashed any attitude coming from Gerber. “Sandy would not put up with her attitude for 10 seconds,” the fan tweeted. But Gerber shared she’s talked with Yawn and says Yawn’s management style is different.

“In all fairness, I’ve met/conversed with @CaptSandyYawn on many occasions,” Gerber responded. “She possesses a quality the men I’ve worked with on the Below Deck crew dont; equality. I am respectful to those deserving of respect.”

Gerber told Showbiz Cheat Sheet she sees Yawn as a hands-on captain. “I feel like Captain Sandy really cares about what goes on with the crew and maintaining a well-rounded work environment,” she said. “While everyone has their own job to do she makes sure you’re aware she isn’t opposed to stepping in if an extra hand is needed.”  

She also thinks Yawn would help her move up in rank too. “I’d be more keen to work with Captain Sandy as I feel she would encourage me to work towards being a bosun,” she added. “In no time I’m sure she would have me in that position as well as possibly take me under her wing and help to mentor me as a yacht captain.” 

Captain Sandy offers her views on management

Fans recently had questions for Yawn about how she manages the different crew personality types. “After 30 yrs in the biz, you learn how to navigate the personalities. Becoming a family onboard usually happens organically,” she revealed.

During an interview with Newsweek, Yawn offered more insight into her management style.  “I think when the crew sees that I really care about them, they start to care,” she said. “And that’s how I lead. I care about them so they care about me. It’s like a natural human thing. My motive isn’t because I want them to care about me, my motive is that I actually care.”

 “If you want your crew—I refer to crew, but it could be your staff—to perform for you, then do what you ask them to do,” she added. “Show them that you’re not above doing that work. Take time. Talk with them. It isn’t like you have to hold their hand through it. Obviously, you have a job to do.”