It sounds like you have a leak someplace.
On a downwind run, the nose would generally be pitched DOWN, not up, unless you're flying a spinnaker, since the boat's mast is being pushed FORWARDS.
When you got the boat, did you get a survey?? If not, it might be a wise idea to do so, especially if you're not all that familiar with boats, which sounds to be the case. A survey would give you an idea of what problems this boat has and what needs to be done to correct it.
My boat doesn't get water in the bilge, unless I'm dumb enough to put it there somehow. Most boats should have a relatively dry bilge, with the possible exception of some water coming in via the stuffing box and propshaft.
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