Originally Posted by jimgo
More importantly, though, why gybe? In my admittedly limited experience, that typically involves much more signifcant forces and much faster movement than a tack. Stick to (mostly) tacking as you single-hand, and life is simpler.
That is an excellent point!
Most of my experience in sailing has been on big boats. Moving to a dinghy, was challenging to say the least. The very reason for getting a dinghy was to use this as a learning opportunity while I saved up (and learned more) for a bigger cruiser. What I have just come to realize is that many of the things that we do on a big boat (and take for granted) have to be reconsidered when working with a small boat.
Thank you for your advice and encouragement.