The genoa sheets should not be running through a cam cleat to get to the winch. Generally, the genoa sheets will run from the clew of the sail, back through the fairlead on the genoa car, to a turning block and then forward to the winch. From the winch they will either go to a cleat of some sort—usually clam or cam cleats, or if the winch is a self-tailer, they'll end in the tailing jaws.
Photos of the various pieces on your boat would help....
As would asking around on the O'Day group lists.
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