'Speed' and sailboats don't really go together. Are you looking for a sportboat, something with a real high SA-D ratio, or a 'racer / cruiser' as opposed to a heavy cruiser? If you want a standard racer / cruiser, then there are lots of boats between 27-30' that should work. Catalina 27 and 80, O'day 28 and 30, Newport 28 and 30, Sabre, S2, Tartan, Hunter, Irwin, etc. all would fit the bill.
You didn't list a budget, so it will be difficult to recommend a specific make and model. You should be able to find a serviceable boat for $10K or a perfect boat for $50K.
I used to have a Newport 28 that was a very nice boat for the LIS. Small enough for me to take care of and learn to sail solo. Small enough to 'muscle' to a dock or slip. Big enough to handle 20+ winds. Big enough to spend a weekend on.
Day To Remember, 1986 O'day 35 For Sale
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110 For Sail
Mt. Sinai, NY
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