In my college days I was the House Manager at the TKE house at Butler University. One of the rooms caught fire due to an electrical short. After calling the fire dept. and using several fire extinguishers to no effect we evacuated everybody from the building. Needless to say I was quite concerned, adrenaline pumping, and racing around in a tizzy. The fire dept showed up and quite calmly went about putting out the fire and making sure everybody was safe. Watching how they methodically approached and calmly dealt with the situation was a life lesson for me.
Life on a sailboat is full of little adventures, though hopefully no fires. Even though your gut may tell you its time for instant action, the safest response is to take a moment to access the problem then take your corrective action. Practice for issues that may come up so when it happens the solution will seem natural and easy.
Look for early warning signs, like Margie saying let’s reduce the heeling. The boat will actually go faster when its not laying over on its side!. Prepare for problems in advance – backing down on the anchor to make sure its set is much easier than getting up at 3 AM in the squall.
After this much excitement maybe you can find a nice sunset in a protected harbor, a cold drink and some tunes from the island play list on the ipod. My guarantee – This will surely cause your calm to increase rapidly.