Yes, I race a First 235 as well, finishing my 2d season. Here in the Chesapeake Bay the wing-keel 235s rate 198 or so. While I still feel that I haven''t done the boat justice with my performance, here are a few thoughts:
Watch the weight distribution fore and aft. She will drag her stern if everybody sits back in the cockpit. I stopped racing with empty water tank after seeing a picture of her with the bow out of the water!
Don''t pinch! Winged keel boats won''t point with fin keels, so foot off and go fast.
Downwind...when you find out how to go fast, tell me! Again, I think it''s a matter of weight distribution and being steady at the helm.