They'd struggle to get the shape they want with a furling jib, that's why you don't see furlers used on fully crewed race boats. Having said that furling systems are a lot better than they used to be, but still nothing like good enough for this level.
Probably a bad choice of analogies there... Dane Coles (AB's hooker for all you none rugby fans) has run a few in from the wing.
But I agree Ben may not be the ideal choice for helm on an apparent wind driven rocket.
Not pristine but pretty good. There are boats that go around the harbour specifically pulling rubbish out of the water. Bad storms can add a few washed out trees to the water, that can make things interesting.