The new season of Below Deck Mediterranean is full of new faces, from the third stew all the way up to the captain. Speaking of the Sirocco's fearless leader, she certainly made an impression on her crew in the season premiere, especially returning chief stew Hannah Ferrier.
Let's just say that Hannah found it challenging to work with Captain Sandy Yawn, who has already proven to be more of a hands-on boss than Captain Mark Howard seemed to be last season. "I had a little bit of trouble initially with the captain. I'm kind of used to running my department myself and managing my girls and things like that. I know what I'm doing, and I do things my way, and Sandy's great, but she's a bit of a micro-manager," Hannah told The Daily Dish ahead of the Below Deck Med season premiere. "There was a bit of friction with her at the start over how she was wanting me to run the interior."
So how did Hannah handle that perceived hand-holding from Captain Sandy, who was only the second female captain she's worked with in her seven years in the industry? "Well, I think you even saw in Episode 1, I kind of managed it with sarcastic remarks under my breath. It's very difficult because you know her intentions are good," Hannah explained. "I think Sandy's definitely a very hands-on captain, and I'm not used to that, so at the start, I found it quite frustrating. I like to have my interior perfect, and then I'll get rest or what have you. After seven years, I know how much rest I need, and I don't like to be told I need to finish at this time or I need to go to bed."
But Hannah said she knows that what the captain says goes, no matter how irritating she may find it. "But at the end of the day, the captain's the captain, and they run the boat how they want to run the boat, so you've got to bite your tongue and smile," she said. "Use the stew face for the captain, as opposed to the guests, for a while."
Deckhand Bobby Giancola seemed to have a different experience working with Captain Sandy in the exterior department this season. "Captain Sandy was awesome. It was nice that when you did screw up, she didn't scold you or yell at ya and belittle you in any way. It was more like your mom is not mad at you; she's disappointed in you," Bobby told The Daily Dish prior to the premiere of the new season. "So you really learn your lesson and know the mistakes not to make."
Bobby said that he didn't see gender when it came to Captain Sandy, either. "To me, a captain's a captain," he said. "It doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl. It's not the person; it's a role, it's a position. So you have to respect the position."
The whole Sirocco crew is going to need to listen to captain's orders when they run into yet another anchor issue in next Tuesday night's episode of Below Deck Med at 9/8c. Check out the intense moment ahead, below.