Shoal Keel: Excessive Leeway
I'm the happy owner of a little 1977 O'Day 22, the one with the masthead rig and a shoal keel. I've been having a lovely time sailing about on the Delaware River over the past season (cumulative, I guess).
Late last season, I started participating in my yacht club's Wednesday night club races, and when I started comparing my performance to any of the other boats in the B-Fleet, I realized just how ridiculous my amount of leeway is.
I'm guessing that the problem is a combination of my old, probably-blown-out 100% jib, and only having about a foot of legit keel depth below the hull (I draw 1'11"), but "It's the poor workman who blames his tools". So, beside the obvious and expensive advice of "Get something with a good, deep keel" Would any of you clever, experienced folks have any tips or tricks for a newbie trying to point to a windward mark, and making very little ground for the effort?