From Serendipitous Encounter to Enchanting Romance: Exploring the Captivating Love Journey of Below Deck Mediterranean’s Captain Sandy Yawn and Leah Shafer


Below Deck Mediterranean’s Captain Sandy Yawn Opens Up About Her Relationship with Leah Shafer

Below Deck Mediterranean star Captain Sandy Yawn has been candid about her love story with girlfriend Leah Shafer. The couple first connected in 2018 when Leah, a gospel singer, reached out to Sandy on social media after watching her hit Bravo series. The captain was immediately captivated by Leah’s message, which expressed congratulations and “many blessings.”

The romance between Sandy and Leah marked a new chapter in both their lives. Prior to her relationship with the Below Deck star, Leah was married to entertainer Ross Shafer for 20 years. Together, they share a daughter named Lauren.

A Beautiful Connection

For Leah, going public with her relationship with Sandy in 2019 felt like the natural next step. She described meeting Sandy as an unexpected and beautiful experience, stating, “when you meet another soul that you connect with at such a deep level, it is unexplainable and so beautiful.”

Throughout their time together, the couple has continued to share glimpses of their growing connection. On their anniversary in November 2020, Sandy expressed her love and admiration for Leah on Instagram, writing, “2 years ago I met this incredible soul, my true love. It’s so true—couples that play together stay together.”

A Possible Future Together

While Sandy and Leah have been together for just under two years, the Bravo star hinted that marriage could be in their future. In an interview with Bravo in July 2021, Sandy admitted, “slow and steady wins the race,” but expressed that she does see marriage as a possibility. Only time will tell what lies ahead for this loving couple.


Captain Sandy Yawn and Leah Shafer’s relationship


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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