Defender and Challenger of Record progress AC36 planning

Source America’s Cup – The plans for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada are progressing, with clearer guidelines now set for the future.

Following on from meetings held in Auckland last week between the Defender and Challenger of Record, an agreement has been reached to resolve a series of issues in the best interest of the event.

Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the Prada Group and Chairman of the Challenger of Record met with the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in Auckland and an agreement was reached to resolve a number of pending issues, some of which were already before the Arbitration Panel.

Together they have agreed all current outstanding issues including a mutually agreed settlement to the America’s Cup Arbitration case filed on the 12th of February 2019 regarding the dispute on the validity of late entries. Under the settlement agreement an amendment to the Protocol allowing the deferred payment of the late entry fee has been agreed and the validity of the three late entry challenges accepted.

The settlement therefore clears the way for the Defender and Challenger of Record to continue to work progressively on planning the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada as well as all associated events between now and the end of the event in March 2021.

“We welcomed Mr. Bertelli and his team to Auckland and appreciated his positive engagement to the event. We share an overarching desire for this event in 2021, as well as all lead up events, to be remembered as the best America’s Cup ever,” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton.

“It is no secret there have been some outstanding issues that needed to be resolved, but the fact that Mr. Bertelli took the time to personally come down to Auckland is testament of the mutual respect between us, which bodes well for the event in general. The path is therefore now clear for the late entries to continue building their respective campaigns to try to participate and the Defender and Challenger of Record will give whatever support they can.”

Mr Bertelli and Grant Dalton also met with the Hon David Parker and Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff to discuss the plans for the event and presented Mr. Bertelli’s vision for the America’s Cup village which were well received, details of which will be released in due course.

“It was an honour and a pleasure to meet the Hon David Parker MP and Mayor Goff, to share the Challenger of Record’s vision for the Event Village of 36th America’s Cup. This time spent in Auckland was very important for me to understand how to best integrate our event with the New Zealand culture and with its unique waterfront. It sends a strong signal of friendship and cooperation for the months to come,” said Patrizio Bertelli.

Download Amendment 03 to the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand March 5th, 2019.

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Strengthening the DC motor controller offering

maxon are phasing out the servoamplifier mmc DES 70/10 4-Q-EC and replacing it with better and more cost-efficient technology.

maxon motors product portfolio range is constantly reviewed. Monitoring of the market, customer requirements and feedback, economic conditions, as well as advancements in technology serve as forces behind the introduction of new products and what is offered. This has contributed to the decision to phase out maxon’s servoamplifier mmc DES 70/10 4-Q-EC DC motor controller. In its place maxon offer similar alternatives with additional functionalities at a lower price. Specific EPOS4 and an ESCON 70/10 DC motor controller are offered in place. For more information please call maxon motor Australia on tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

EPOS4 Compact 50-15 CAN replcmt       ESCON 70-1 replcmnt EPOS4 Compact 50-15 EtherCAT replcmt

Replacement model DC motor controllers on offer © maxon motor

Kiwibank announced as Banking Partner of Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand is teaming up with Kiwibank in the lead up to the 36th America’s Cup, to be held in Auckland in 2021.

We are proud to be banking with a New Zealand-owned bank that has Kiwis at its heart,” says Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Kiwibank CEO Steve Jurkovich says: “When sailors, designers and boat builders are in partnership – that’s what creates the magic that makes the boat go faster. In the same way, business works best when business bankers and business customers are in partnership.

“Every New Zealander that has followed the journey of Emirates Team New Zealand has seen the ups and downs, the wild successes and resilience they’ve shown. For me, Emirates Team New Zealand is a big inspiration.

“The decision by Emirates Team New Zealand to switch from an Aussie-owned bank to Kiwibank is a demonstration of the momentum we’re seeing right now. More and more Kiwi businesses are making a deliberate choice to support New Zealand Inc by aligning themselves with a bank that keeps profits right here in Aotearoa.

“Emirates Team New Zealand’s drive for results, and their relentlessness to be a bit better every day, aligns with Kiwibank’s attitude and resolve. We strive to marry technology and thought leadership to deliver for our customers but ultimately it comes down to people. In the same way the wider crew behind Emirates Team New Zealand makes all the difference, the people in behind Kiwibank make all the difference too.

“Both Kiwibank and Emirates Team New Zealand are 100 percent committed to New Zealand and its success. This is a show case of the very best New Zealand has to offer on a global stage. We are really pleased to play our part in what will again be an immense challenge,” Mr Jurkovich said.

Grant Dalton said: “We are really excited to have Kiwibank, yet another great Kiwi brand onboard, supporting the team as we work toward defending the America’s Cup in 2021. The event will be huge for the New Zealand economy. It is something all Kiwis can get behind and it is great to have Kiwibank standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we welcome the world to New Zealand.”

Emirates Team New Zealand 13 March, 2019.


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History on the water, history in the making

Emirates Team New Zealand is proud to have Steinlager return as an Official Sponsor and Official Beer Partner of Emirates Team New Zealand for the defence of the 36th America’s Cup – here on home waters in Auckland in 2021.

Steinlager has been a long time supporter of Emirates Team New Zealand dating back to New Zealand’s first attempt at America’s Cup glory in 1987 in Fremantle.

Grant Dalton, Team New Zealand’s CEO, says: “Steinlager is a truly iconic Kiwi brand that has always stayed strong and believed in Emirates Team New Zealand and our quest for the America’s Cup. They’ve been on the boat for every win we’ve had, and we had Steinlager in our hand when we grasped the Cup in Bermuda in 2017 – a ritual we plan to keep alive in March 2021. Although it is always about the end result when we’re on the water, Steinlager helps to remind us to enjoy the journey.”

Rory Glass, Lion NZ Managing Director, says: “We are really excited and honoured to be back on the boat again. Steinlager has a long and proud history with yachting and with Emirates Team New Zealand, dating back to their first tilt at the Cup in 1986/87. 2021 will be our 35th year of support as the team endeavour to keep their hands on the oldest trophy in international sport.

We will be revealing more plans later in the year on how we will bring our sponsorship to life off the water as well – with epic environments for fans to support Emirates Team New Zealand across the country.”

In 2021, it will be over two decades since Team New Zealand successfully defended the America’s Cup on home waters. History now has the chance to repeat itself at one of New Zealand’s most iconic sporting events and Steinlager will be there on the boat again, and as the cold one that crew and fans can celebrate with when the hard work is done.

Let’s make history again!.

Emirates Team New Zealand 21 February, 2019.

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New fast brushless DC motor with diameter of 6mm from maxon

Introducing the new configurable ECX SPEED 6 M brushless DC motor that accelerates from 0 to 100,000 rpm in 5 milliseconds.

The ECX SPEED 6 M is a new brushless DC motor from maxon. With an ironless winding suitable for speeds up to 100,000 rpm and available in 3, 6 or 12 V nominal voltage.  With the option of two power ratings, the High Power version delivers approximately 25% more torque than the standard version. The brushless motor is offered with Hall sensors or as a sensorless version. It is configurable and can be combined with matching gearheads and encoders.

This particular DC motor is useful in applications with space constraints that require high precision positioning tasks such as those found in medical and lab automation and robotics industries.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

maxon motor new Innovation centre is now open

In November 2018 after 2 years of construction, a new centre for the manufacture of microdrives in the medical technology industry officially opened in Sachseln, Switzerland.

To keep up with demand maxon motor built a new Innovation centre for continued collaboration of various R&D departments as well as state-of-the-art cleanrooms to produce microdrives for use in the medical technology industry. These DC motor drives are used in insulin pumps, medication delivery systems or surgical robots and the cleanrooms enable maxons’ continued fulfilment of highest quality standards.

The new building is the fifth building at maxon headquarters. A solar panel system on the rooftop provides up to 180 megawatt-hours of energy every year. More than 1200 employees currently work at maxon headquarters. The Innovation centre cost approximately CHF 30m and represents an important part of maxon’s growth strategy. “With this step, we are strengthening our Swiss headquarters and our ability to focus even more on individual markets worldwide,” says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger. The measures include establishing a global R&D team and continuous expansion of the eight production sites. With more than 2600 employees worldwide, the company is set to focus on complete drive systems and their integration into a wide variety of applications.

For more information on drive system solutions particularly in the medical field please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

Tailored DC motors now offered as general catalogue products.

Introducing the Ec-i 52 200W High Power DC motor.

The EC-i 52 200W High Torque DC motor was launched as a customer specific project and is now offered as a standard catalogue product. The DC motor has an extended length from 80mm to 110mm. Compared to the current offering the EC-i 52 180W High Torque DC motor, this version offers a 50% higher torque and speed/ torque gradient with a flux collector rotor providing outstanding torque performance. Suitable for a variety of industrial automation applications, extra power can be achieved at a relatively low speed range. In the maxon modular system, the EC-i 52 200W can be paired with the powerful maxon GP 52 C gearhead as well as various encoders and controllers.

For more information please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 9457 7477.


maxon motor Australia is Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand. We follow their progress and will give regular updates on their journey to Defend the America’s Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand 23 Jan. 2019.

For the first time in the history of Emirates Team New Zealand, the team has begun construction of its own America’s Cup boat in their own purpose-built boatyard on Auckland’s North Shore.

Led by Emirates Team New Zealand Build Operations Manager Sean Regan, the facility which has been a long-term vision of the team, has been started from the ground up turning a clean factory floor into one of the most up to date, purpose-built composite boat building facilities in the country.

“As with everything in the America’s Cup, time is of the essence and in setting up the build facility we basically gave ourselves two months from the day we took over the lease of the premises to be ready to start building our first boat.” explained Regan.

The layout of the vast 1800 sqm building has been extensively considered with the view to putting together the most effective and comfortable workspace possible.  The team has sought feedback from some of the industry’s best boatbuilders as well as many of our valued team suppliers.

“We really approached this set up with an open mind along with our typical number 8 wire thinking. We looked at the clean floor plan and thought about everything in terms of the production of the most technically advanced composite race yacht. From the layout of the three ovens, the heating, extraction, air conditioning, lighting, storage, lifting, access etc.”

Just as important as bringing all of the necessary equipment together was the task of bringing the new 40 strong team onboard. All 40 people are now working as a team with enthusiasm and a mix of experience that will need to perform exceptionally as a group when the pressure is on.

“We have been able to assemble a mixed group of specialist boat building veterans – a number of whom were the key core people from Cookson’s Boats, existing Emirates Team New Zealand shore crew and a bunch of hungry young apprentices. These guys are really working well together and growing the wider experience in the industry by the day which is very satisfying for everyone.

The beauty of winning the America’s Cup and bringing it back to New Zealand is it gives us the ability to try to restimulate what has been a stagnant or declining industry over the past few years. “The real performance benefits of bringing the boat building ‘in-house’ for Emirates Team New Zealand is the ability to shift resources and schedules to suit the team’s operations which enables a more efficient link between the Emirates Team New Zealand designers at the team base in the Viaduct and the production team on the North Shore.

“As we saw in the last America’s Cup, we need to be really dynamic in our overall design approach and our production priorities day to day so now we are more in charge of our own build destiny than we ever have been before.

Typically, in with the objective of extracting every last detail of performance gain, the designers leave handing their final designs over to the production until the very last opportunity. Not only that, they continue to refine designs beyond specific deadlines so now we can make changes as the priorities shift which allows us to make design decisions a lot later but more advanced than we ever have been able to.”Integral to the set-up of the base as always with Emirates Team New Zealand has been a number of key suppliers of the team.

“We really couldn’t have achieved what we have in setting this base up without our Official Suppliers. A huge amount of the cost in setting up has been met by suppliers with products, services and expertise – which never ceases to amaze us how valuable the support of everyday kiwi companies and their generosity is to us working towards defending the America’s Cup in 2021.” “Call me biased but I think we have put together one of the best composite boat building facilities in New Zealand, and hope that it will serve the team well for AC36, but also the wider marine industry on projects outside of the America’s Cup.” concluded Regan.

The America’s Cup world now eagerly awaits the first boat to emerge from the boat build facility towards the middle of 2019.

For further information on DC motors for use in underwater and extreme environments please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.


* The America’s Cup AC75 Class Rule allows the use of electric motors to operate hydraulic valves, drive clutches, rudders and foils. Teams may also use motors for driving simulator platforms and numerous test jigs.


In late August 2012 a grainy photo of a boat emerged online. Most hardened America’s Cup followers will clearly remember the image that was the talk of the sailing world for many weeks.

A high angle shot, looking down on a giant 72 foot red and black Emirates Team New Zealand catamaran seemingly flying above the waters of the Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

Debate raged:

“OMG photoshopped of course,”

“Can’t be foiling – anyone can see from that picture they’re simply launched off a wave.”

“On close inspection it is photoshop. You can see where the bow and stern were in the water. They have cut, lifted an pushed the boat forward 1/2 a boat length. Shame. That was cool for about 5 min”

An image that was so far outside the realms of the imagination of most people – but not those inside the base of Emirates Team New Zealand.

The cat was out of the bag, foiling had arrived. But there had been many months of secretive R&D meetings at Emirates Team New Zealand that went into developing a concept that would transform the world of America’s Cup racing forever.

Rewind to 2011, two years out from the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. A time of any campaign where teams are thinking outside the square with weird and wonderful ideas having been studying the AC72 class rule, looking for loopholes and testing or attempting to validate some of the most innovative theories. A crazy concept was continuing to circle within Emirates Team New Zealand.

“What if we could make the AC72 catamaran fly above the water?”

Was there a way to design a control system within the rules to move the daggerboards in the water to create enough lift to support the weight of five saloon cars on a surface area the size of a desk?

In 2011, simulation was not at the required level of technology that it is today, so testing and ideas had to be validated on the water.

The challenge was how to keep such a crazy concept of foiling secret.

Auckland Harbour was a goldfish bowl to tens of thousands of eyeballs which would gawk at a vessel levitating above the water and sailing faster than most engine powered boats on the harbour, so a more discreet location was required.

And so, the first testing of the concept of foiling for America’s Cup all started on a remote and narrow lake in the middle of the Waikato region – Lake Arapuni – as a covert mission with a boat affectionately nicknamed, ‘The Waka’.

Things got off to a rocky start. Early on in the ultra-covert project, while towing the Waka south, a small group of team members (who shall remain nameless) had to call the team CEO Grant Dalton to explain there was a slight curveball in the operation. The top-secret test platform was now firmly the centre of public attention because they had neglected to tie it to the trailer appropriately and it had slipped off and was causing a multi mile traffic jam on Auckland’s Southern Motorway.

The issue was swiftly resolved, and adversity overcome. The operation was back on track.

Glenn Ashby was relatively new to the team back then and quickly understood that foiling was not just a whacky fad but something that had to be kept under wraps.

We made sure we were not in branded team kit. To anyone walking the dog around the lake, we probably just appeared like a few old battlers towing a beat-up old catamaran down the lake for fun.” Said Ashby

“We just had quite a few people with cameras, computers and pelican cases in tow.”

It wasn’t an instant success, but it didn’t take long for the gigantic gains that foiling presented to emerge.

“After a couple of weeks of tuning and building new foils we got to the stage where we were able to tow the boat and pop out of the water and fly stably.

The Waka was a fantastic boat to learn all about foils, to understand what you could and couldn’t do, and potentially what the future could hold for us.”

“Some of those evenings where we would sit around the table, knowing we were pioneering absolutely new ground in the America’s Cup and in foiling multihulls and foiling boats was a pretty special feeling. Sitting there with the designers and the sailing team really knowing that you were part of such a special period of America’s Cup history in the making.” Recalled Ashby

The concept continued to grow legs and the operation eventually moved back up to Auckland and the backblocks of the Hauraki Gulf.

“Eventually we put all that technology and testing into use on our SL33 catamaran and, ultimately, we built our AC72 catamaran with fully foiling in mind. We knew we could do it, and we knew we had to push hard and push big because absolutely we could see that foiling was the future.”

AC-72 catamaran.jpg

© Emirates Team New Zealand

Ultimately the innovative foiling golden bullet from New Zealand didn’t win the 35th America’s Cup for Emirates Team New Zealand, but it did change the face of top-level yacht racing forever. And it did install the belief in the team that being different and pushing the boundaries, throwing the ball as far as we could in innovation was the secret to success which eventually came in Bermuda in 2017.

“I think back fondly of those times in 2012 and how foiling was really born on a lake in the middle of the Waikato in little old New Zealand.”

Now, two years out from AC36 in 2021, as quiet as it seems from all America’s Cup teams, you can be rest assured there are plenty of innovative ideas being tested within design offices around the world, that could be the next quantum leap forward in technology on or off the water.

Time will tell.

For further information on DC motors for use in ground breaking technology, underwater and extreme environments please contact maxon motor Australia tel. +61 2 9457 7477.

* The America’s Cup AC75 Class Rule allows the use of electric motors to operate hydraulic valves, drive clutches, rudders and foils. Teams may also use motors for driving simulator platforms and numerous test jigs.

Discontinuation of USB sticks for the ESCON and MAXPOS products

maxon are discontinuing the USB sticks supplied with the ESCON and MAXPOS products. The information is instead available online.

When customers purchase MAXPOS or ESCON products they have the option to purchase a memory stick of all the documentation, corresponding firmware and software. The demand has decreased significantly for these USB sticks and therefore maxon will discontinue to manufacture them. Instead this information is available online at the maxon motor website. The current setup, product information and supporting documentation are accessible for free download at:

For customers who wish to order the USB stick maxon is accepting orders up until July 31, 2019 and the last dispatch date will be January 31, 2020.

For further information on DC motor controllers and accessories please contact maxon motor Australia tel. + 61 2 9457 7477.

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