I had tacked to port immediately after starting and led most of the fleet inshore, while Dave, leading the rest, held starboard at least halfway to the port layline before tacking. I was confident that inshore, in shallower water and less adverse current, I would pull out on his leebow and beat him easily. Instead, in the dying southerly, he gradually pulled abeam and rounded the mark 200 yards ahead. Afterwards he told me that he was convinced the adverse current had been weaker farther offshore. I scoffed at the idea, and assured him that, due to increasing friction, the Chesapeake Bay's north-south current always becomes progressively weaker as one moves inshore from the deep Bay into shallower water.