Holy Trinity was built in 1832 by Mrs Sarah Goodwin to provide her son-in-law, Revd Maximilian Geneste with a living.
The church was consecrated by Bishop Sumner of Winchester as 'a place of worship on Cowes foreshore for sailors and seafarers'. Today the church is widely known as 'The Yachtsman's Church' and maintains links with the Royal Yacht Squadron and other sailing clubs on the Island. The churchyard is home to the national Fastnet Memorial, commemorating the tragedy of 1979.
The light and airy interior is home to many memorial plaques honouring former members of the Royal Yacht Squadron. The magnificent organ installed in 1884 by Gray & Davison is probably the finest instrument on the Island.
It is said that the young Queen Victoria presented her wedding bouquet to the church and the Myrtle bush growing beside the west door originated from a cutting taken from one of her bridesmaid's head wreaths. The church's connection with Royalty continues to this day and HRH Prince Phillip has been a regular visitor during Cowes Week.