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The S26.9 is a very good choice. Another boat that sails well to its rating but is a bit slower is the Ranger 23 (not to be mistaken for the Ranger 22). J-22''s are good PHRF boats. Schock made a 23 foot daggerboarder in the late 1970''s and early 1980''s that was a fast boat and seemed competitive. Another good PHRF design, if you can find one, is a Kiwi 23 (a Ron Holland design). If you sail in an area with good winds a Farr 727 should be competitive.
As to the fractional rig vs masthead rig, a fractional rig allows a lot of flexibility in changing conditions. They do best under PHRF in areas with changable winds like the S.F. Bay area. Masthead rigs work well on smaller boats in venues where you are doing a lot of windward/leewards in mostly moderate to lighter winds.