The origin of the Life Members Trophy Race goes back to the 1981-82 season.
Ivan Holm, the Club’s fifth Commodore (1955-1957) and again in 1961-62, was made a Life Member in 1964. After almost twenty years as a Life Member, he wrote to all sixteen Life Members then living. He proposed that since they enjoyed the benefits of membership without annual fees they could (should) make a contribution to the Club in some way to support and encourage the noble sport of yacht racing. He suggested the establishment of a significant trophy to match existing notable events such as the “Peg Barnett” and “Nora Barnett” trophies which were at that time the “sort after” local events.