New Staff at Universal Marina

After spending three years in the leisure industry in the French Alps, Jordan LeBon brings us fresh skills in marketing and visual production. He is looking forward to starting at reception and working his way round the marina. If anyone left over from the 80s thinks the name sounds familiar – you might want to ask him about his very famous Uncle!



Our new Marina Office Manager, Danielle Strawford arrives with a wealth of operations, marketing and boating experience. In fact she is an offshore power boat racing champion and water sports fanatic!  You’ll likely spot her around the marina with her loyal HUGE companion, Harley the Great Dane!

Avia Willment and Universal Team win the 8 Metre World Championships!

8 Metre World Championships

Afloat Magazine September 2017 – Witch of the Waves Wins World 8 Metre Championships 

Avia Willment (Universal Marina Owner and MD) and her team proudly brought the World Championship Cup home from Hanko in Norway at the end of August.  On ‘Miss U’, the team members were Avia at the helm, Rich Burlingham – trimmer, Neil Harrison – tactician,  James Hemingway – bow, Marcel Herrera – pit and Ian Smyth – trimmer.

Avia Willment said “I am tremendously proud of the crew. It has taken 17 years sailing these tricky metre boats both in the 6 metre and 8 metre class. The 8 metres were used as practise for the Americas Cup and were pre-war Olympic boats. So we feel we have worked our way through the fleet from the classics into the moderns. It just goes to show that persistence and hard graft wins!” This wonderful success story has an astonishing synergy with the ethos of teamwork and shared passion enjoyed working at Universal Marina. “Thank you team!”

Avia Willment first started competing in the 8 Metre World Championships, international category back in 2000 in the classic division. ‘Miss U’ was launched in La Trinité, France in 2014. The 48 foot yacht is the only tandem keel boat in the fleet and was designed by Jacques Fauroux, built by Skeens in Gosport – the project manager and tactician being Neil Harrison. The yacht was finished on site at Universal Marina and prepared for the Norway World Championships by Ian Smyth at Liquid Marine who was also on the crew.

Richard Burlingham, General Manager at Universal Marina said ‘We are so proud to bring back the cup. We literally had a blast in Norway, as if winning wasn’t enough; we were delighted to compete against King Harold of Norway who had his 80th birthday celebration whilst we were there. Avia cheekily presented him with a bottle of the local ‘Isle of White Mermaid Gin’ as a memento of ‘Miss U’ – a state of the art and distinctive boat with a mermaid on her bow.’

‘Miss U’ will race again in the 2019 8 Metre World Championships, to be held here at home in the Solent, so hopefully will have many supporters to cheer her on.

Five Oaks Fishery & Club House acquired by John Willment Marine Ltd.

Five Oaks Fishery and Club House has been acquired by John Willment Marine Ltd, which owns and operates Universal Marina, creating a modern and exclusive eco-friendly fishing and leisure facility and corporate hospitality destination.

Avia Willment, managing director of John Willment Marine Ltd, said: ‘We’ve had our sights set on the clubhouse and lake next door to the marina for a number of years so we’re delighted that our hopes have become a reality. This latest project has a synergy with our work at the marina, allowing us to create a modern, sustainable environment for our guests.’

The new facilities will be available on a pre-book basis to the public for fly fishing, customers of Universal Marina, and anyone else searching for a unique venue for leisure or corporate purposes.

John Willment Marine has employed various local firms to carry out the works at the new site, including landscapers, construction companies and fish suppliers to help stock the lake.

Opportunities to spend a day or two enjoying the refreshing yet relaxing ambience of the lake and marina will provide the perfect setting for leisure breaks, business meetings and away-days, VIP hospitality and team building. The redeveloped site including self-catering accommodation is expected to re-open in October 2017.

Picture from left: Richard Burlingham, Universal Marina; Nick Moss, Five Oaks / Universal Marina; Sudha Ankush HSBC; Anthony Reed, HSBC; Avia Willment, Universal Marina

Universal Marina partners with Vortec Marine

Universal Marina partners with Vortec Marine to offer leading yacht services on Hamble River.

Universal Marina on the Hamble River continues to set the standard by extending the on-site yacht services available with a new partnership with Vortec Marine.

Vortec Marine,  established in 2006,  have a well-earned reputation for quality, endorsed by several major boat builders – Vortec are the only UK Nautor’s Swan approved service centre and are also an approved Oyster World Rally service partner.

Vortec Marine will provide general maintenance, yacht repair, winterisation and recommissioning, rigging services, teak deck refurbishment or replacement, re-sprays and interior remodelling to Universal Marina berth holders.

Ross Collingwood, founder and managing director of Vortec Marine comments “Vortec Marine are delighted to partner with Universal Marina to offer yacht repair, maintenance and refit services. We are proud of our reputation for high-quality workmanship, attention to detail and honest customer service and we are looking forward to working with the team, yachts and owners from Universal Marina in Hamble.”

With a smile, he adds “Vortec Marine was actually once based at Universal Marina so it feels great to be back!”

Regardless of boat make or size, all Universal Marina bertholders will now benefit from access to a bigger maintenance team and a wider range of on-site repair and maintenance services and expertise.

With this high-standard of maintenance support and Universal Marina’s 75 tonnes Lift out and Launch facility, in addition the dry-stacks, a popular cafe-restaurant and a growing number of on-site services, Universal Marina is fast becoming the first choice marina on Hamble River and in the UK.

Richard Burlingham, marina manager at Universal Marina adds “We are delighted to welcome Vortec Marine back to Universal Marina. We have known Ross and his team for many years, and are confident that Vortec Marine’s high-standard of yacht repair, maintenance and refit work will offer a real on-site benefit to all of our bertholders.  Our goal at Universal is to set the standard for the marine leisure industry – and this is another step towards that.”

For information on works please feel free to still call us on the normal number or contact Vortec direct on 01489854792 or

Paddleboard at Universal Marina

Did you know we also offer SUP hire with Man Overboard!

Getting out and about on the River Hamble has never been so easy! Grab one of our SUP’s and hit the water. Soak up the hustle and bustle of one of the countries premier boating locations around the villages of Hamble, Warsash and Old Bursledon or head upriver and enjoy tranquil countryside and winding creeks.

Click the link for more information on booking and where to go.

Nature’s Quay Wellness Centre

Nature’s Quay is the latest addition to the expanding services ashore and afloat at Universal Marina.

A unique experience with Nature’s gifts, the key to your wellbeing. Offering everything from one to one ‘reformer’ Pilates to a selection of holistic therapies, waxing, facials and full body massage, as well as half-day experiences.

Within Nature’s Quay shop both on site and online you will find a range of beauty products that are hand selected, non-toxic and cruelty free.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to Universal Marina.

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