Captain Sandy from ‘Below Deck Med’ and Girlfriend Leah Shafer Kick off ‘I Believe’ Tour

Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean is back with “The Captain Sandy I BELIEVE Tour” this time in Chicago, Illinois.

The superyacht captain often receives messages from fans who feel inspired by her leadership and fierce optimism. She takes life’s challenges in stride, plus joyfully announced she is in a loving relationship with gospel singer Leah Shafer.

Captain Sandy Yawn and Leah Shafer |Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Now the couple is planning to offer an up close and personal opportunity to learn more about how individuals can reach their potential, with a focus on women in leadership roles. This isn’t Yawn’s first “I Believe Tour” as the Bravo fan favorite hosted an “I Believe” event last year in South Florida.

Yawn uses her experiences as a springboard for leadership

The challenges Yawn has faced were listed when she was introduced to audiences last year. She’s not only shattered the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry, but she was also chased by pirates, dealt with nearly every circumstance in yachting, plus she’s a cancer survivor.

“It hasn’t been easy and women captains are still pretty rare,” she told South Florida Gay News last year. “I want to take this opportunity to share some of the leadership lessons I’ve learned and (especially) inspire women.”

Yawn has certainly been inspiring many of her viewers. One fan took time to thank Yawn via Twitter. “As a father of 2 girls, It’s inspiring to see a woman in a male dominated field as well as member of LGBT community as Captain on a mega yacht being televised around the world handle herself with such authority & class,” the viewer wrote. “Good for you @CaptSandyYawn.” 

Music plays a role in motivation

Last year’s “I Believe Tour” was filled with music and Yawn is a huge fan. She walked onto the stage to a song by Imagine Dragons last year and discussed the importance of music. She explained that when she docks a boat she has two earpieces. “One is music and it’s the song ‘Driver’s Seat,’ so now when you see me docking the boat, I’m listening to ‘Driver’s Seat,'” she told the audience. Of course the other allows her crew to communicate with her.

She explained how listening to the music keeps her focused, which has allowed her to boast a clean record of never damaging a boat during docking. Yawn adds she changed the message in her head by changing the station on the radio.

With music playing an important role, it’s no wonder Yawn fell in love with a musician. Shafer is a beloved gospel singer in the Denver area. She was recently invited to sing at Beth Chapman’s memorial, plus she plans to release two new energetic singles. This year, Shafer will be performing at “I Believe” too. Plus, Yawn is expected to play D.J. at this year’s event.

Ticket proceeds go to charity

In a stunning move, Yawn plans to donate 100% of ticket sales to charity. According to the Eventbrite site, “100% of ticket sales will go to fund programs dedicated to advancing causes close to Sandy’s heart.”

Yawn posted to Twitter that money the tour raises will go to Jacksonville School for Autism. Yawn’s sister Michelle Dunham started the groundbreaking school after discovering her son Nicholas was autistic. Additionally, Yawn is a huge environmentalist so she’ll be selecting other causes that support a healthy ocean.

General admission is $60 or VIP access for $100. The “I Believe Tour” will be held on August 17 at John Barleycorn in Chicago.