Below Deck Mediterranean is again for Season 6 — however will the chef return for Charter 1? It’s already traditional Below Deck Med drama, and we’re right here for it. To give us some extra perception into what was occurring at that second, I jumped on Zoom with Captain Sandy Yawn from her house in Denver, CO, to interrupt down the madness of the first episode.
Here, she explains why all these provisions had been a pink flag, what it actually means once you see her rubbing her palms collectively, and the place she stands with former chief stew Hannah Ferrier at the moment. Plus, don’t be stunned once you see Captain Sandy bringing a Lazy Susan to a celebration, and why she will get Cannes Film Festival vibes from BravoCon.
DECIDER: Okay, Season 6. So a lot occurring. First of all, I feel we have to speak concerning the massive accomplishment this season, which is you realized to twerk.
CAPTAIN SANDY YAWN: Oh my gosh, sure. I don’t know if I realized to twerk, however I had a lesson on tips on how to twerk. I feel I would want just a few extra classes, perhaps like 100 extra.
Let’s discuss Episode 1: in fact there’s already chef drama. At the second Mathew mentioned, “I’m freaking out,” you stayed so calm, and I used to be having the identical response as you I feel, which was, what precisely is he telling me, what is occurring proper now? But what was going by your thoughts throughout that second?
[My girlfriend] Leah mentioned after I rub my palms collectively, “That’s you not losing your shit.” So after I do that with my palms, I’m in all probability simply calming myself down. Through my head was, is he okay? I’ve to handle that instantly. I do know quite a lot of cooks, I can have a chef the subsequent day. But it’s COVID, so there’s no approach — we now have to quarantine, it’s not like we may simply rent a chef. So I wanted to get assist for him, get him taken care of. I used to be considering, even when he can’t stand, I may put him in a chair. Obviously, I’d go within the galley and assist with one other crew member and he may direct us to cut this, add this.
The different half was him spinning due to that truckload of meals. I didn’t know he was up all evening. That’s a part of being a constitution captain, you must problem-solve alongside the way in which. The different half is the explanation individuals dubbed me micromanager, as a result of I’m an actual constitution captain, we assist. It’s not micromanaging, it’s helping. You present help and that’s what individuals do within the constitution enterprise. So I’m considering, okay, I’m gonna be within the galley. I actually don’t know tips on how to prepare dinner, he can direct. Courtney was superior, so was David. We can determine it out.
How was your relationship with him as a chef this season? Did you guys get alongside properly?
When individuals step on board, I belief them they usually have my respect till they present me they’ll’t do their job. And then I not belief them, proper? You lose belief, you lose your job; as a result of if I can’t belief a crew member, I’ve to allow them to go.
I don’t take into consideration friendships as a result of I’m not there to make associates. I’m there to do a job. So once you say “get along”, it’s not about me getting alongside. It’s about doing their job and following what they signed up for. And in the event that they do their job, then they are going to get together with me. Right? I feel that’s fascinating you mentioned that as a result of once you stroll into your job, do you count on your boss to get together with you? Or are you imagined to get alongside along with your boss? I feel that’s a confusion individuals have. And the fact is, I’m enjoyable, I’m type, and I’m useful. And when Mathew had his accident, I didn’t mistrust him, I believed him. And he got here again, he received proper into it. He’s solely proven me to this point that he bit off greater than he may chew with provisions, however he wanted assist. But as soon as [he got there] then it was all hands-off. You do your individual fridge, you prepare dinner for the crew, you do your job. And then Mathew will get together with Sandy.
I did wish to ask you about all these provisions. You say ‘I’ve by no means seen something like this’; was it simply an astronomical quantity? Did you suppose, this can be a downside?
In the constitution enterprise, sure, it’s a pink flag. We don’t provision for months, we provision for meals. We don’t have the storage onboard to hold all that meals, plus individuals need contemporary meals. Mathew labored for individuals who had boats but additionally had massive occasions. And I feel he was considering an enormous occasion as a result of we learn the desire sheets and noticed a marriage. A number of cooks suppose they should purchase all of the again inventory, like all of the spices and all these things, saran wrap. But the boat had loads of that and he didn’t know that.
The boats are equipped for constitution, particularly Lady Michelle, as a result of it simply got here off a constitution. I feel that was an absence of realizing on his half, not his fault. The different half is, I all the time say after I don’t know one thing, or I’m unclear, I name my associates which are captains and ask. I didn’t know, I wasn’t offended, it was a pink flag, and I used to be there to assist them. And I’m simply so grateful.
The first meal was terrible, however I’m happy with the crew. My job is to take the load of the visitor complaints. I do know I failed them as a result of I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have a backup chef due to quarantine. That’s an issue and that’s an enormous lesson realized. If I’d have had a backup chef in quarantine, I’d have had a chef on board like that. One season, I went by 4 cooks in a two-week constitution as a result of the woman of the constitution didn’t just like the cooks.
So that’s the type of captain I’m, and that’s the way you deal with these conditions in constitution. It just isn’t simple, and you must have these personalities like we had on this crew which are adaptive. You must adapt to any scenario.
Obviously, the company weren’t happy with that first dinner and also you definitely understood why. Did you are feeling their response was applicable?
Rightfully so. She paid some huge cash to be on that constitution. They had been pretty individuals. We watch the present, all people’s received drama. If I confirmed you my textual content messages from my household this morning, you’d be blown away. She was correct, and once you add alcohol, sure, you’re a little bit extra passionate. But usually within the constitution world, if we couldn’t discover a chef, we’d’ve canceled our constitution. Because right here’s how the contract works: we get 24 hours to resolve our downside, and in 24 hours if we don’t remedy our downside, that proprietor not solely offers them their a reimbursement however he pays for his or her constitution. It prices the proprietor tons, in order that they have insurance coverage insurance policies for that. But when you’ve gotten canceled charters, it’s catastrophic. And then what we do is problem-solve and that’s what we did. So sure, they had been proper.
How did Malia do as a pacesetter this time round?
As far as I may see, I feel the deck crew had nice respect. I’m probably not again there on a regular basis. Do you keep in mind the primary season, I used to be speaking to her and I simply mentioned, you’d make an amazing captain? Because I watched her defuse issues, regardless that she was a part of the issue. She subtle it as a result of she confronted it head-on. To me, that high quality in somebody is nice: problem-solving, going through it head-on.
Malia went and received her license and continues to work on boats and also you see it. She got here again with quite a lot of data. And right here’s the factor, when you’ve gotten a head full of information and also you don’t have all that have, generally it clouds your decision-making. And there are these instances the place you must go, regardless that I do know that is the right approach, I’ve to do it this solution to problem-solve. Sometimes we will’t all the time do it by the e-book, and I’m not saying break the legislation, I’m simply saying generally watch schedules must be altered. As leaders, when you’re going to guide a deck, you’re the one that should not get to sleep and let your workforce sleep. So that’s the place the educational curve comes out, however she was superior.
Were there methods Katie kept your trust this season? What was it prefer to be working together with her and have a brand new stew in spite of everything these years?
It’s all the time arduous making a transition. I knew Hannah and the way she labored, and when you’ve gotten somebody coming in to fill somebody’s sneakers, there’s quite a lot of stress on their finish, realizing all of the background. But I all the time belief what they write of their resume. She simply stepped off [another boat] and that’s nice, she’s in that headspace. I had no concept she dated Jack, as a result of which will have modified my thought course of. I’d have been like, Jack? Wait a minute. But I’m glad I didn’t have that data as a result of I feel it will have put some doubt in my thoughts. And identical to each different crew member that got here on that boat this season, I belief and I simply sit again and watch and that’s how I’m as a captain. I don’t contact, after I see they need assistance, that’s after I help. But yeah, I trusted her and he or she did her job and he or she was a bartender for the primary constitution for certain. I’m glad she knew tips on how to combine all these drinks. That’s all I’m saying.
Always a useful ability. Were there any instances the place you missed Hannah otherwise you missed her humor, have you ever talked to her in any respect?
No, , Hannah’s blocked me. She doesn’t like me. In my thoughts, all Hannah ever needed was a child and he or she needed a ship stuffed with infants. I feel that Hannah all the time shared that she didn’t wish to be there. She needed a person, she needed to get married and have infants and that’s what she has, she’s dwelling her dream and I’m so glad for her. I’m sorry she hates me, I actually am. It’s unhappy as a result of I don’t really feel that approach. I solely need the most effective for her, actually. I used to be gonna ship her a marriage present and child presents as a result of I like youngsters. I’m glad for her and hopefully sometime we will heal our relationship, I would love that.
How was it adjusting to this new boat?
Lady Michelle simply got here off constitution, properly maintained and a stable boat. I’d go, am I at sea? Because that’s how secure it was. I feel even manufacturing would [say it’s the] finest boat ever as a result of it didn’t transfer. And the distinction is we’re on a full displacement hull so which means extra of the stomach of the boat’s within the water, that’s like Glenn’s boat. That’s why crusing yachts exit in the midst of nowhere as a result of they’re so secure. But Lady Michelle’s an superior boat.
What are a number of the issues that you just’re excited for everybody to see this season?
I can’t wait to see the crew dynamics. For me, that Lazy Susan has a complete totally different which means after watching that trailer. I had no concept. Now I feel all people ought to have a Lazy Susan at their social gathering, wouldn’t you agree?
The stuff I needed to take care of was very unpredictable, very difficult as a result of it COVID. But I laughed so much. I all the time really feel just like the company who constitution boats are like renting a home, proper? It’s yours. And what occurs in your boat stays in your boat. You won’t ever hear me trash a visitor ever. I’ll say it was a tough constitution or one thing like that, however they’ve each proper to take their garments off, they’ve each proper to complain, as a result of if it isn’t what they need, I wish to present that. So I can’t wait to see the remainder of what occurs with the company as a result of, wow, after I noticed that trailer, it was type of humorous. I had no concept.
As far as I’m involved, it’s by no means too early to begin speaking about BravoCon once more, so something that you just’re trying ahead to this 12 months?
I liked how they dealt with us. Even Pride , to be part of that float, that was so joyful. The Bravo/NBC workforce that handles us are execs. And for an occasion that had by no means been placed on, it was seamless. I’m a logistics individual. Cannes Film Festival charters are very tough as a result of individuals are flying in, and that’s what BravoCon felt prefer to me. It was superb how the occasions went off. And all the way in which from the highest, the individual on the high was strolling us by, [Chairman, Entertainment Networks] Frances Berwick, [Executive Vice President of Current Production] Shari Levine, [Vice President, Talent Relations] Kim McDade, all these individuals had been unbelievable. It was superior.
And assembly the followers, I’ll always remember this. I used to be subsequent to Dorinda, she’s hilarious. It was so chilly and we walked exterior as a result of they cared concerning the individuals standing within the chilly climate ready to get in, so we simply stored them heat by going by [and greeting them]. I hope it’s going to be hotter, it’s going to be October. My dream is to get it in Jacksonville, Florida one 12 months, for BravoCon to be on the water and have actual boats there and have that have, that may be superior.
Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9 pm ET/PT on Bravo, with new episodes premiering one week early on Peacock.