Below Deck Mediterranean‘s Captain Sandy Yawn deals with a lot of drama on the high seas — so when she’s back on land, she prefers to unwind in nature.
“[My partner and I] love to explore, go for walks, take the Jeep out and watch the sunset,” the Bravo personality, 57, says exclusively in the latest issue of Us WeeklyAvailable now at newsstands. “There’s never a dull moment in our lives.” Sandy spends much of her day back home in Colorado — where she lives with partner Leah Shafer — outdoors, whether she’s playing with her dogs at the park or watching the sunset.
The captain is able to keep herself busy even when she has to go inside. Sandy spends most of her day at home, answering emails, or working on her next book. Be the Storm or the Calm, or at events giving speeches of leadership. She also has to make time to get some blood pumping at the gym: “[It helps] clear the mind.”
Sandy clearly values these moments of clarity, given all the drama she faces while filming Below Deck: Mediterranean. In 2020, the reality star caused controversy when she fired chief stew Hannah FerrierThe cast also included, who has been a part of the show since its 2016 premiere.
“When the trust level is broken for me as a captain, I’m not taking anybody to sea,” Sandy told UseSeptember 2021 was her explanation for letting Hanna, age 35, go. “People [tried]I was able to get my license over the years due to things that happened [with the] crew.”
She tried multiple times to reach out to her former partner since then, but she was unsuccessful. Use last month that they still haven’t spoken. “Hannah doesn’t want any part of me,” Sandy said at the time. “I feel I’m happy for her in everything that she’s doing. Honestly — I’ve never had a feeling of hate. It doesn’t live in my heart.”
She continued: “I wish her well, and for some reason she blames me, but you know what? I’m sorry. I’m not gonna risk my career for anybody. I wish her well. … We’ve had great conversations in the past. Hannah used to visit my cabin often, and I would listen to a lot of her stories. There was a connection. But what do I do? I’m living my life. She’s living hers.”
Hannah claimed in January that she had always had problems with Sandy. “The way things can be edited — it was probably edited in a way where it looks like we were better than we were for the years before that we filmed together,” she alleged during an appearance on the “Kyle & Jackie O Show” podcast. “We weren’t friendly at all. It was every season sitting down with production going, ‘How can we get these two working together where it’s an environment where they can [coexist]?’”
Keep scrolling to see how Captain Sandy spends her time when she’s back on land: