A yacht has been going fast and taking on a little water. It’s now encountering stormy seas, she may sink. This is a crisis, and for sure she's not going to make port in good shape unless something is done, very fast.
An experienced skipper & navigator will immediately assess the situation, call all hands on deck and take decisive action to survive. Then they'd quickly use the time that creates to take bearings to know where they are, evaluate the critical risks and take immediate further action that stabilises her on a safer course.
Now the crew can properly evaluate the options for continuing the journey, a realistic destination may be agreed. A new course charted that suits the prevailing conditions.
Everyone remaining onboard settles into their new roles and is now meeting the goals. As we pass our navigation waypoints performance improves. She gets home ahead of the fleet.
It's another turnaround situation...
Our 'photo icon' for a Crisis was taken of Silk II in the 1996 Cowes Week race UK.