Below Deck’s Captain Sandy Replaces Captain Lee During Season 10

A franchise first! Captain Sandy Yawn stepped as much as assist Captain Lee amid his departure from Under Deck.

“Capt Sandy got here in an[d] bailed me out in a troublesome state of affairs and I recognize her efforts,” Lee, 73, tweeted on Tuesday, December 19, about his season 10 exit. He initially joined the sequence throughout its debut on Bravo in 2013.

Throughout the brand new episode, viewers watched the captain say goodbye to his crew as he headed again to the U.S. to cope with his well being points. Lee famous that he deliberate to come back again to complete the constitution season.

“I’m gonna return to the [United] States, get this straightened out — and as quickly as I do — I’ll be on the primary airplane again right here and inform whoever’s on board to get the f—okay off my boat,” he quipped to his costars in Thursday’s episode, whereas referring to his airplane ticket as “roundtrip.”

Lee beforehand opened up about how his private points had been affecting his time on St. David. “My damage, it’s getting worse. The left aspect of my physique, I don’t really feel something,” he defined in an episode earlier this month. “I anticipated much more progress than I’m experiencing, and probably the most irritating half about it’s, I can’t do a god goddamn factor about it, and it’s arduous.”

On the time, the Florida native admitted he wished to do “proper by” his fellow solid members by stepping apart. “Certainly one of my largest issues now’s I’m not in a position to observe. I don’t know who’s doing what, it’s my job,” he added. “They anticipate that out of me. There comes some extent if a captain is absolutely being goal, he needs to be placing the very best pursuits of his crew first.”

In an emotional second, Lee knowledgeable his costars of his exit, saying, “As you guys know I’ve been fighting my mobility, and it’s been arduous and I’ve allow you to guys down and for that, I apologize. So I’ve decided to depart the boat.”

Forward of his onscreen departure, the OG Under Deck star mentioned the progress he made along with his well being.

“Again surgical procedure got here out nice, it actually did,” he completely informed Us Weekly in December. “One can find this season that I do one thing that I’ve by no means, ever executed earlier than in my profession or in my life. And there’s gonna be lots of conditions the place you’re gonna go like, ‘Wow, didn’t see that coming in any respect.’ And never solely will or not it’s true for the viewers, [but] it was additionally true for myself and the crew.”

Sandy, 56, for her half, has turn out to be a well-known presence within the franchise after becoming a member of Under Deck Mediterranean in 2017. The truth TV star’s look marks the primary crossover in Under Deck franchise historical past.

Earlier this yr, Sandy broke down her strategy as a captain, telling Us in July, “Generally you bought to be in and get your palms soiled. That’s why I need [my team] to really feel supported as a result of I’ve a excessive expectation. Like, I’m not going to face over them, however I wouldn’t sit on the bridge understanding that they’re down crew members and never bail them out.”

Under Deck airs on Bravo Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.