Captain Sandy from ‘Below Deck Med’ May Be the Most Anticipated Pride Float Bravolebrity

Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean has become a global sensation after going public about her new relationship with gospel singer Leah Shafer.

Yawn’s grace and matter of fact approach to the announcement earned her significant praise, especially during the current season where she is dealing with a homophobic chef.

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

When Bravo announced its star-studded float in the New York City Pride parade, Yawn was at the top of the network’s list of “who’s who” in Bravo-land. She will even have her own drag alter-ego, Ginger Snap bringing it home that day too.

Bravo’s ‘who’s who’ list

Yawn is in good company as Bravo announced that a “jaw dropping number of stars” are going to be in attendance for Pride. The Bravo float will be featured during the June 30 parade and will include at least 17 Bravolebrities, including Yawn.

Stars include Patricia Altschul, Nene Leakes, Dorinda Medley and many more. Recently, Billie Lee from Vanderpump Rules and Tinsley Mortimer from The Real Housewives of New York City joined the roster.

The parade has special meaning, especially to the network. “Bravo has a long history of representing the LGBTQ community through its programming,” Bravo producer, Andy Cohen said in a statement. “I’m proud to be a part of this network and its history, and I’m honored to be marching toward another 50 years of progress and equality.”

Captain Sandy stands strong

Yawn has not made a public declaration that she is gay. In fact, she shuns labels and designations. Instead, she just celebrates that she’s found the love of her life.

So when she was asked about the comments made by her homophobic chef, Yawn said she doesn’t take them to heart. “You know, to be honest, nothing. I would have pulled her aside and talked to her,” Captain Sandy said during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “However, she’s there to do a job. I don’t bring social biases into that.”

She added that her chef’s opinion has nothing to do with her personally either. “But do I agree with her? Absolutely not. Her opinion of me doesn’t matter because I would have to care about that person for me to care.”

She is inspiring others

Yawn is inspiring others, especially women and girls, to never give up on their dreams. She’s discussed her journey to becoming a yacht captain with Showbiz Cheat Sheet in the past. Plus, she receives tweets almost daily from fans who are inspired by her gumption and positive attitude.

One fan recently tweeted praise for being such a great role model. “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. Good for you @CaptSandyYawn.”

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Viewers are also given a glimpse of how a positive management style results in a happy, more productive crew. “I think when the crew sees that I really care about them, they start to care,” Yawn told Newsweek. “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.”

Other Bravo stars are excited to meet her

In addition to the fans, other Bravolebrities are also excited to meet Yawn. Recently Margaret Josephs from The Real Housewives of New Jersey gushed about her opportunity to be on the Bravo Pride float.

“Emotionally, I’m totally prepared,” she told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “I’m so excited to be there. All my friends are super excited.” 

But when it came down to who she was most excited to meet, her choice was pretty obvious. “I want to meet Captain Sandy ’cause I adore her and she is so fabulous and she is the epitome of what pride really stands for,” she said. “So I am so psyched to meet her.