Beneath Deck provided a small glimpse of what Captain Sandy Yawn offers with being a feminine captain in a male-dominated occupation.
Deckhand Ben Willoughby needed to wake Captain Sandy when a neighboring yacht steered they transfer as a consequence of fears their anchors would possibly drag in the course of the evening. Whereas the wind posed no speedy risk the male captain from the neighboring insisted that Captain Sandy transfer her vessel.
She stood her floor. “Yeah, I understand,” she radioed the opposite captain. “We are not moving. We’re staying here. We have guests on board as well. And we’ll be standing by.”
The male captain expressed his disappointment. However Captain Sandy stated his place was par for the course. “Being a female in this industry, I’ve always had the challenges of men,” she defined in a confessional. “Yes, I’ve had a lot of men support me. But this is a very clear case of mansplaining.”
Captain Sandy was mistaken for the chief stew on ‘Below Deck Med’ Season 2
Captain Sandy informed Ben if the winds picked up they are going to begin their engines and maneuver. In fact, the night proved to be a complete nothing burger. Nobody wanted to maneuver and the winds remained under 6 knots.
Captain Sandy has spoken about challenges within the business and the way being a girl captain meant she needed to work tougher. In truth, when she joined Beneath Deck Mediterranean Season 2, chef Adam Glick requested if she was the primary mate. With out skipping a beat, she informed him she was the captain of the vessel.
He then joked that he thought she was the chief stew. “Female captains are rare,” she stated in a Beneath Deck Med Season 2 confessional. “So this happens often. People have a hard time thinking that a female could actually drive a boat, which I find funny.”
Captain Sandy is assured in her abilities and coaching
She shared that she’d been a yacht captain for near 30 years and “boated from the Bahamas, New England, Western Med, Eastern Med, Red Sea, Persian Gulf.”
Captain Sandy recounted being handled like a second-class citizen – even because the captain – along with her male crew whereas navigating the Pink Sea. “There was no eye contact or chit chat with me as there was with my male crew,” she wrote in her e-book “Be the Calm or Be the Storm: Leadership Lessons from a Woman at the Helm.”
“I was used to being a rarity in my industry, confident in my training and skills, I refused to take it personally,” she mirrored.
Later in her e-book, Captain Sandy recalled how male captains appear to get a quicker response than ladies captains after they radio with a query. “It annoyed me,” she admitted. Her objective is to deliver extra ladies to the maritime business to hopefully, sometime eradicate gender bias.
‘Below Deck’ ladies discover inspiration from Captain Sandy
Captain Sandy’s presence on Beneath Deck has given ladies inspiration. Deckhand Katie Glaser was excited to have a feminine captain main the workforce. Plus, bosun Malia White from Beneath Deck Med stated Captain Sandy was the rationale why she superior her profession in yachting.
“I wasn’t in yachting when I got cast for the show,” she stated on her Total Ship Show podcast. “I got cast as a total green crew member. And by green, I mean I had never stepped foot on a yacht before.”
“I knew how to tie a line. And I knew what a cleat was, but I had never ever … I hadn’t even seen a yacht!” she stated. “So my very first boat was the one I filmed on my first season. From there I gave being a deckhand a try, and I remember telling Captain Sandy, I’m probably gonna just go back to teaching scuba diving. And she was like, ‘No. You’ve got this.’”
“And I was like, you know what? I may give it a go,” she stated. “And that was my intro into yachting. I’ve said this before. I don’t know if I would have stayed in yachting had I not had a female captain to begin with. So I was very lucky that my intro into yachting was definitely not the norm.”