Captain Sandy Yawn’s stint on Below Deck Season 10 has showcased her as the season’s villain. When Captain Lee Rosbach revealed that he would be leaving Below Deck season 10 on a temporary leave to deal with some health issues, fans received the news with some disappointment. Many fans did not know what to make of the rest of the season, as Captain Lee had become almost synonymous with the show. However, fans regained some hope when Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean replaced Lee.
Captain Sandy has a stellar reputation in the yachting industry and was a regular on Below Deck Med after making her debut in the second season. While there are no doubts about her credentials on the job, some find her approach on the show a bit awkward to watch due to her penchant for micromanaging. Despite the unpleasant observation, the overwhelming feeling amongst fans was more optimistic. Many saw the upside of her micromanaging style and lauded the Captain for being a leader who got her hands dirty helping her team rather than bossing them around.
Still, getting onboard St. David, Sandy was immediately thrown into the deep end as she had to deal with the constant feuding between Alissa Humber and Camille Lamb. After issuing several warnings to the pair, she eventually fired Camille during the January 23 episode of the show. However, things would only get messy for the Captain from then on.
Captain Sandy’s Feud With Captain Lee
Camille had been a disruptive figure for much of the earlier part of season 10. She had a poor work ethic and was disrespectful to some of her fellow crew members. Many fans had already grown tired of her antics and saw her sacking as a welcomed development. However, Captain Sandy drew the ire of Captain Lee by firing Camille. While Lee supported the action, it infuriated him that Sandy had failed to inform him before firing a crew member.
Captain Lee caused a major controversy when he called Sandy out in a tweet, where he slammed the Below Deck Med star for lack of respect. Her action led to a social media back and forth between the two, with Sandy sharing multiple thinly-veiled quotes aimed at him. Sandy continued her attack on Lee during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Reality Checked on February 1. The 57-year-old revealed she did not regret her actions and would still go the same route again. She went on to throw major shade at Lee, saying:
“I told Lee [through a Twitter post]. I was like ‘Hurt people hurt people’ right? So, I don’t know. I haven’t ever hurt him — but I think when you spew that kind of stuff it’s inward and I feel bad for the guy.”
Captain Sandy’s Disrespect For Fraser Olender
Since Captain Sandy took over from Captain Lee, She has had a frosty relationship with chief stew Fraser Olender. She constantly oppresses him, and most of the show’s viewers believe she dislikes him. Admittedly, Fraser still has some aspects of his leadership approach that he needs to fine-tune, but it’s his first experience as a chief stew. Fans believe he needs some mentoring from Sandy rather than the constant public call-out she gives him.
In the February 13 episode, things reached boiling point between the two as Sandy accused Fraser of slacking on the job. As the chief stew attempts to defend his team, Sandy tells him to “stop talking.” Fraser was visibly frustrated with his treatment by Sandy, and he made his feelings known to second stew Alissa. While venting, Fraser claimed he would not remain silent and didn’t care if Sandy fired him.
Sandy, on her part, remained defiant in her approach to Fraser. During a confessional, she lamented how some crew members have no regard for authority and reiterated her commitment to lay down the law aboard St. David. While fans threw their weight behind Sandy for firing Camille, her drawn-out feud with Captain Lee and Fraser has left some of them disappointed. Captain Sandy’s management style and favoritism have made her the villain, causing more harm than good, and fans will remember her time on Below Deck Season 10 for its controversy.