All About Captain Sandy Yawn’s Girlfriend Leah Shafer
Captain Sandy has opened up about his relationship with gospel singer Leah Shafer. Read on to see how a simple direct message led to a life of love.
Captain Sandy Yawn was part of the Under the bridge franchise since 2013 when she led her crew across the Mediterranean. She has since made a name for herself in the yachting world for her leadership qualities and her ability to overcome any obstacles that come her way. One thing that is not highlighted in the series, however, is what happens in her life when the cameras are turned off. Captain Sandy has a girlfriend and she’s not afraid to show her off to the world.
Captain Sandy has been open about her sexuality throughout her stint on Bravo, although she refuses to apply strict etiquette. Sandy said she had loved men and women in the past and didn’t want to be put in a box because of her personal and emotional decisions. She also claimed that it was difficult to find love as a yacht captain, especially because she spent so much time on the water. Still, she couldn’t help but fall in love with Leah Shafer when the gospel singer entered her life.
Captain Sandy first spoke about his girlfriend in May 2019 (via Checklist). She said the two met online after Leah sent her a direct message on Facebook following an episode of Below deck: Mediterranean. The message was short and sweet, as Leah shared how much she loved the episode and sent her best wishes to the Captain. Obviously, the communication didn’t end there, as Sandy looked at Leah’s background and found out that she was a gospel singer. God is very important to Sandy, so she was immediately drawn to Leah. At the time, Sandy was preparing to take part in her “I Believe” tour, which focused on inspiring and motivating people with lessons in leadership and empowerment. Yawn felt Shafer would be a perfect addition to the tour.
When Sandy and Leah met in person, they quickly fell in love. They described their relationship as a “spiritual bond. ” However, things haven’t always been easy for the couple. The couple have faced criticism for their same-sex relationship and religious beliefs. Leah explained how some religious institutions have decided to stop supporting her since she went public with her relationship with the yacht captain. However, Leah doesn’t let that hold her back from who and what she loves. She said, “It’s against him, loving the same sex. I think you can’t help who you fall in love with. God is love. He does not care. The pair continue to remain as strong as ever, even as Sandy cruises the oceans across the globe.
Before Captain Sandy, Leah was married to a man – motivational speaker Ross Shafer – for 20 years. The couple now have 15-year-old daughter LaurenRae, who they adopted in 2006. Leah’s musical past has nothing to fear. In her career as a gospel singer, she has released around six albums. She also regularly performs the national anthem during Denver Broncos games. The team even described her as their lucky charm.
Since Leah and Captain Sandy started dating, Sandy has ended up moving to Denver to be closer to the gospel singer. Being closer helped to strengthen their bond and the couple discovered that they had many common interests, including their shared love for music. Leah and Sandy are even working on some sort of musical collaboration. Speaking of Sandy and their connection, Leah said: “And then, of course, the attraction and falling in love with a beautiful soul and knowing that you want to be with someone forever.”
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Under the Mediterranean Bridge airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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