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J/30 isn't really known as a light air boat, but all things are relative. It depends on what kind of boats you're racing against. They get killed by lighter boats with higher SA/D ratios in very light air. They do well in 15 and above. But they have a pretty unbalanced rudder and in those conditions it can take a strong driver or two hands on the tiller to keep tracking. I suspect that any J/30 you find under $15k will be in need of some recoring, particularly around the transom and starboard rear quarter, and deck around the chainplates. I really like the J/30 interior.
You can get a great Tartan 30 for $15k, and they are very nice boats. However, in my area you wouldn't find anyone to race against in that rating band (~168), except J/24's, which are a totally different type of boat. I was looking for something similar to your needs and ended up with a Laser 28.