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Raising sail alone
I''m guessing a bit here but--the easiest way to solve this might be to avoid the trip forward in the first place, since it takes you away from the tiller and your weight on the bow makes it easier for her to come off course and "spin out".
Could you rig a "downhaul" line from the peak of the jib to a block on deck by the tack, then back to the cockpit? It might not require any extra hardware. Then, when you douse the jib (whether by heading up to close-hauled or by blanketing it on a run) you could sheet it in tight to leeward, cast off the halyard, pull on and then cleat the downhaul, and it should (?) come down sort of flaked along the leeward deck (lifelines, if you have them, will help keep the loose sailcloth on deck) and should stay more or less in place while you finish mooring.
You could try this, anyway, it would only require a long piece of line, a block to shackle near the tack, and a cleat somewhere aft. Then, if it works, you could refine how you lead it, what kind of line (since it would be windage when aloft), what wind angle will collapse the jib just right, etc.
If you''re going to sail singlehanded, you''ll want to start thinking about leading more stuff aft anyway, so you don''t have to leave the "office" too often.