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It can be a fun race or a long exhausting one. Conditions in the Atlantic are often poor with strong wind while the half in the Sound is often ghosting in hot humid calms, so you really want to watch the weather and be prepared for anything as the wx cast is often simply wrong.
"rounding of Montauk Point?...Plum Gut?"
Eldridge and charts. You can't really plan for them because by that point in the race, you have no idea if you'll be transiting in day or night or time of current, you need to make plans for all and then as you get closer, chose the plan that matches your arrival time.
As for course...avoid the rocks and then pick the shortest course you can, once currents and winds are considered. If it was easy it wouldn't be racing. The best prep is probably to do the course a couple of times, inshore and offshore, and get familiar with the differences. Stay close in to the south shore, and there's current often against you. Stay further out, and you've got more ground to cover and shipping to consider. If the wx turns nasty, and the inlets on the south shore get dangerous, so there's no place to duck into. It helps if you've already done this inlets.
"5. How do you plan for L. I. Sound?" OVERSTOCK ON ICE. From dawn till 4PM you can have dead air in the Sound at that time of year, making it a long nasty day until the wind picks back up. And again, read Eldridge for currents to plan where you want to be in the Sound.
If you're renting a life raft--reserve early, all the nearby rental locations get cleaned out for this race.