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SoftBank Team Japan outclassed Groupama Team France in their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup qualifying race on Thursday, with the Japanese catamaran coping better with a very light breeze in Bermuda’s Great Sound.

SoftBank Team Japan, skippered by former Emirates Team New Zealand sailor Dean Barker, got the better start and built on their lead, with Groupama finding themselves in the doldrums during the middle of the race.

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