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As always I see nothing but good advice here.
Take your time.
Motor out, head into the wind. Raise main.
Fall off to close haul, or close reach, and sail a bit.
If you are comfortable, head up again, unfurl jib sheet in...
fall off to close haul, and sail.. if all is well, shut off engine.
Congratulations on your first solo sail.
Also, for tacks... Single handed... Do a partial stop of the turn mid-way (into the wind), let the wind back the jib nicely before you release and try to sheet in on the opposite side. The wind backing the jib makes tacking easier, and the stall halfway through the tack, gives you time to regroup if you have to work your way around the tiller or wheel.
Jibes? Chicken jibes as I call them, in light wind, Sheet in the main to center, turn the boat slightly, pull the boom over, then release. In higher winds, doing a270 is easier single handed until you are more comfortable with jibing.