W W Marine Services was set up and is run by Paul Willis and Gareth Walters. In 1991 both of them were looking for new sculling boats and tried the Filippi single scull at Lucerne Regatta, they were so impressed with the boat’s feel, quality and performance that they ordered immediately and in the following April they secured the sole importing agency for Filippi Racing Boats in the UK and Northern Ireland.
The last 22 years has seen a consisent growth in UK matching the increasing demand for Filippi boats world wide, especially in the high performance end of the sport. In April 1992 there were 6 Filippi boats in the UK marketplace, in December 2012 there were over 1,000 comprising all the Filippi range, although the single scull range is still the largest import orders for large boat classes have seen a rapid increase over the past few years. W W Marine Services is now a private limited company.
Since retiring from competitive rowing, both the original partners remain closely connected with the sport, Gareth is Head of Coaching at St Georges College, Weybridge and Paul is a Trustee of the Tideway Scullers School, Chiswick. They continue to have a close relationship with the boat builder, passing information on customer feedback and market trends to Filippi thereby ensuring that the product continues to improve and remain at the forefront of boat innovation.
The firm’s office is near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, The demonstration fleet is based at Abingdon with trials usually taking place at the weekend or evenings (in the Summer!)