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Yes, you learned to gybe the correct way...by centering the boom easing the helm over and easing the boom out on the new gybe.
However, As John has pointed out very well.., doing that in high winds and with the seas running that you stated, this maneuver requires a lot of coordination and timing. Especially if you have a preventor rigged, requiring someone to go on deck to release and reset.
In your situation, I think...heading up into the wind, dropping the main....then furling the jib to the desired set and then falling off again to a broad reach would have worked.
In your situation...You'd want to be able to maintain boat speed throughout the process..and keep your head to wind...while you make these adjustments...so starting up the engine, would have been a good idea. You don't want to head to wind to take the mainsail down and have the wind and seas knock your boatspeed down to zero...then you're going to end up beam to wind and sea, with no helm. So the engine ( lacking a full crew) in that case is your friend giving you boatspeed and helm control....while you make your adjustments..