I'd agree that the Tartan 30 is a much better choice than the three you've got listed. A Cal 27 or Cal 30 would be a good choice too. While a lot of people like the J/30, I'd point out that a lot of them were raced very heavily, rode hard and put away wet... leaving a nightmare of issues for the next owner. Of course, that could also be said of the Cals...
If you're really looking for speed and performance, then a Corsair 28 might be a better choice... Multihulls do far better in light air and have performance characteristics that a monohull would be hard pressed to match.
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