Saturday, 21 April 2012

Pips to the Point

The sale of Tapeka Point, a motor launch once used by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton

It’s been an interesting week for Miss Pippa Middleton. First she got herself involved in a furore surrounding a party in Paris and a gun wielding Audi driver named Romain Rabillard.

Pippa Middleton (bottom left) on the cover of the 30th April edition of Time magazine alongside others on their list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Amongst them are Rhianna, Hilary Clinton, Adele, Mitt Romney and Warren Buffett

Though Time then listed her as one of the world’s most influential, she was also branded a “national embarrassment” by The Independent’s Terence Blacker. Yesterday, my piece in response to the inaccuracies surrounding that particular article attracted both vitriol and adoration in equal measure. I was truly surprised by what feeling this young lady brings out in people from all manner of backgrounds.

Tapeka Point

This morning, one of my favourite columnists, Richard Eden of The Telegraph’s “Mandrake,” printed yet another story about the Middleton clan. His column detailed that a Bournemouth based auctioneer was selling a motor launch that was used by the family on a holiday with Prince William in 2006. It stated that the seller believed a premium could be achieved because of the royal effect.

The 40ft Windy Borer, named Tapeka Point and registered in Poole, was built in 2001 and accommodates 6 in 3 double cabins. Designed by Hans J. Johnsen and built by Widy Boats AS, auctioneer John Elsmore, in a separate article in the Bournemouth Daily Echo, is quoted as believing the Pippa effect will also further boost the £120,000 starting price.

Prince William with Carole, James and Pippa Middleton onboard Tapeka Point, hull number WIN40052E101, in Ibiza in 2006 and Prince William and Kate Middleton at the stern of the boat

After the week Miss Middleton has had, she probably wishes she were back on this boat and sailing off into the sunset. Perhaps she should put in a bid.

For more information on Tapeka Point and to bid, contact  John Elsmore of Asset Bidder on +44 (0) 845 078 0371. Full details can be found at:


Henry said...

Overpriced. It looks tiny.

Glenda said...

These things never go for any more than they should. They can't sell Princess Anne's yacht and the Madoff Bull boat didn't attract any more $$$ either.

Brett said...

I can't see it making that much TBH. Looks nothing special with only tenuous connections that will affect the price somewhat.

Teddy said...

If Americans did it, I would have thought “national embarrassment” was a more fitting description of Time.But they don't, embarrassment isn't in their DNA.Just a comment, rare things indeed, to say hello Matthew.