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Rules to cruise by with Captain Sandy Yawn of Bravo's 'Below Deck Mediterranean'

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May 16--Fort Lauderdale captain Sandy Yawn is back on board for the new season of "Below Deck Mediterranean" which debuted May 15 on Bravo.

The series chronicles Yawn and her crew aboard the sleek white mega yacht "Talisman Maiton" which at 177-feet-long is the largest ship in the show's history "and the biggest yacht I've ever captained and there are very few female captains that run vessels over 50 meters so I'm in an elite club," Yawn said in the season opener.

She'll lead the crew throughout Italy beginning in Naples, then Capri and Poistano.

For newcomers of the show, which follows the above and below deck adventures (read: drama) of the crew as they provide the white-glove treatment to wealthy clients, here are some of Yawn's rules or standing orders that you'll hear her say during the TV charters.

She's nice but tough: "I'm a really kind person but I think about how I would want to be treated but don't ever take my kindness for a weakness," Yawn said in the first episode Tuesday night.

She believes in second chances: Last season in Croatia, Yawn almost fired chief steward Hannah Ferrier and chef Adam Glick for not following the clients' preferences, "but they showed potential to be great, that's why they're back," Yawn said.

Keep the drama below deck: "Don't bring it on deck." She said this in her first season and she repeats it to her mostly young crew this season. "When it comes to your emotional experience, I don't want it to come up those stairs," she scolded a yachtie in a preview of the new season.

Don't call her Sandy: One of the first things she tells her crew, "Address me as captain in front of the charter client."

Don't piss her off: During her first meeting with the crew, she also makes this clear. "Just don't ever be my first thought in the morning because that's usually your last day on the boat."

Optimistic and professional: Yawn does her best to cater to the charter client's every need. So you may hear her tell each group as they board, "We are going to smash it out of the park for you," as she did in the opener.

In addition to Ferrier and Glick, the new yachties this season include Brooke Laughton as the second steward; Kasey Cohen as the third steward; Conrad Empson as the bosun; Joao Franco as the lead deckhand; Colin Macy-O'Toole and Jamie Jason as deckhands.

The show airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Bravo.

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