Below Deck Mediterranean star Captain Sandy Yawn opens… this time on land.
During a Nov. 1 episode of her new podcast, which “Captain Sandy and Leah Rae ShowWith friend Leah Shafer, the captain shared the story of how they met. Shafer and Yawn have been together for four years, having met in 2018. And now, Bravo’s Below Deck Med fans are getting a glimpse of their relationship.
“I was watching a show called ‘Below Deck Mediterranean,’ in case you haven’t heard of it, and I came across an episode of her and I saw her and I was like, ‘Wow, she’s hot,'” Shafer revealed during the Podcast Episode. “I texted her and just said, ‘Hey, congratulations on your show, blessings Leah.’ That’s it already.”
Yawn then revealed that she opened Shafer’s message a few months later.
“Earlier this year I’ve been single for two years and I have a sponsor, I’m sober and I said to her, ‘I’m ready to meet my love. I’m ready to meet my soulmate,'” Yawn said. “And she said, Sandy, make a list. Make a list of all the qualities you want in a person… I made the list and decided to check my messages. She sent the message in June, [and in] October, I checked my messages and I saw Leah.”
Yawn continued, “Of course I wrote back. I was doing a tour at the time I think and I wanted music to be incorporated into that tour and well I used that as a liaison with Leah.”
Shafer explained that the two met in Los Angeles when she “knew right away” it was. Yawn agreed.
“It was real,” Yawn said of meeting Shafer. “I felt this energy that I had never felt before. I thought okay, I’m older now, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve paid attention to that. Plus, my list, don’t forget that. I believe my list was answered, God heard my prayer, and I met Leah.”
Captain Sandy has revealed she has never dated anyone in the yachting industry
When speaking to Bravo’s The Daily Dish In 2018, Yawn admitted she had never dated anyone else in the yachting industry. However, she said at the time that dating as a yacht captain was generally difficult.
“It’s not difficult for me; It’s the other person who doesn’t get it because you’re gone and you’re saying, ‘Fly to Europe. Fly here.’ And they have a job they have to go to,” Yawn told the Daily Dish at the time. “You know I’ve been dating in LA and it’s been great so far. But the moment I went to Europe, it changed, it shifted.”
Yawn continued, “I believe distance doesn’t make the heart beat; I think it just makes you forget. And they get jealous and you can’t speak because you’re busy running the boat and you’re at sea. Cell phone reception is poor and on the other hand you feel lonely and want to talk to your person who is busy.”
Captain Sandy’s girlfriend was almost a ‘Real Housewives’ star
Although Yawn is a Bravo star, Shafer almost was one too! When speaking to Showbiz Cheat Sheet In June 2022, Yawn’s girlfriend revealed that she almost got cast in the lead role on The Real Housewives of Orange County many years ago.
“I remember when [Andy Cohen] started the OC housewives because I used to be an OC housewife,” Shafer told the outlet. “I was at the churches, so they said, no, you can’t do this show.”
Before Shafer met Yawn, she was married to Ross Shafer, a motivational and leadership speaker. Shafer herself was a gospel singer.
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