Non smoker also,so may have it wrong but the boat was an A Class cat if I remember sailing on one hull.
I will ask Mike this weekend!
I do not think you can have it all, pointing high can be slowing for speed and not help you go over the tide.
Also, have your got your centreboard fitting the box well,are the sides packed so as to not have any side movement ?
If it moves just a small amount it will be will not help your pointing.