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Can't get there from here!!

This picture show today's trip.
This is Long Island Sound.
The trip was leg 1 almost due south.
Then we had to return.
Leg 2 started off pretty good but as you can see I angled west as I neared land.
Leg 3 started ok also but again I angled east after a while.
Leg 4 was motoring the last mile.

My question is why do legs 2 and 3 start off good then angle off.
I was heading up as much as I could during the whole exercise
Current was from the west at about 1.5 and wind was from the north at about 15.
I was reefed and the boat was handling well. Good control no drama. Catalina 25 with worn sail and no traveler.
The ? marks label the segment of the track on leg 3 and leg 4 where I lost about 20 degrees which is my puzzle.
There is another unlabeled track from a previous day, please ignore.

I want to blame it on the current but is it really reasonable that the current will get worse I get closer to land?
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