Re: Lightnings vs Scots vs Snark vs Sunfish
I'd vote for the laser or an MC Scow. Both are fast and should be available for pretty resonable prices for a good starter boat. A Hobie 16 is also a great bet if your looking for speed. I've sailed all three before, and all of these boats are a blast to sail. There is a video online somewhere of Buddy Melges pulling a skier behind an MC Scow.
1983 Lippincott 30 s/v Red Horizon
Regent Point Marina Topping, VA