I second Cam on this entirely. Have the main ready to go even if reefed.
This is probably due in part to learning how to sail on a Sunfish 350 years ago.
On my 27' Tartan (scow - full keel) I choose a reefed main before anything as I can still usually comfortably come about and navigate without being in a lot of danger.
I hope you were able to get to CT today as the winds were strong if a bit fickle in their direction. In NYC they were out of the W today. Probably out of the N 50 miles away at Mt. Sinai.
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