Dawg - why would heading into middle of sound be a safer spot?
Also, what if I only have one reef point? Its probably about 60% of full sail area. Seems prettty scary to me to have that much sail out in the constantly swirly winds in LI sound. At 160mph would be scared of an instant knock down even with a reefed main - and mast/rigging coming down..
Have a furling jib - could maybe let out a tiny amount for some power?