Many years ago, I was sailing an event in Newport, RI. This particular day the weather conditions were surly and we were involved in a serious starboard/port incident. Our accident was severe and we were taking on water. Fortunately, not only did our particular racing class have safety rules, we had regular safety briefings and we were all up to speed on our safety protocols and were equipped to deal with this situation. This foundation and preparedness allowed us to have a very brief discussion and quickly form an action plan. We didn’t have any injuries, we didn’t hurt anyone else and we didn't lose the boat. Perhaps our confidence as a team helped, maybe we were lucky, who knows. But, I do know that we took the time to talk about safety beforehand and when disaster struck, knowledge allowed us to remain calm and make a plan that helped us to safely make it ashore.