This site offers all the information athletes and visitors need to learn about and join one of Australia’s greatest sporting clubs. Also, keep up to date with our news and events.


March news includes:

  • 1962 Victorian Lightweight Four reunite at Henley
  • Winter School Pathway Program in 2017
  • Great Scotch Mercantile Regatta
  • Australia senior team announced
  • Victoria crews announced
  • National Championship Entries
  • Living history
  • National Senior Selection Trials begin
  • Hannah Lewis off to Sydney in preparation for trials
  • Victorian team squads announced
  • From the archives – Scotch Mercantile Regatta History
  • Scotch Mercantile Regatta Live Streaming
  • Most successful Club at Victorian Championships
  • Victorian Championships Review
  • Boat trailer driver required for return trip from the Nationals
  • Victorian Championships Entries
  • Robyn Selby Smith named as Para Rowing and Underage Australian Selector
  • Wanting photos?
  • 150th APS Head of the River celebrations
  • New Mercs tie
  • Member Profiles

February news includes:

  • Henley-on-Yarra
  • 150th APS Head of the River
  • Reunion of 1970s lightweights
  • Senior Selection Trial Invitations
  • Vale Leisa Wilson
  • More member profiles
  • Nagambie Regatta Entries
  • NSW Championships results
  • Masters win at Lake Colac Regatta
  • NSW Championships this weekend
  • David Crawshay recognised at Rower of the Year Awards
  • Susan Brosnan makes news in the Top End
  • Pictures from Wendouree Ballarat
  • Wendouree Ballarat Entries
  • Vale Ron Richardson
  • New Mercs tie
  • Member Profiles


Mercantile has a proud history of rowing on the Yarra River and beyond. The club was founded in 1880 by a group of enthusiastic business and sports minded members with the aim to increase the health and recreation of Melbourne’s society via the noble sport of rowing.

From these idealistic beginnings, we have seen the club successfully produce members, who reflect the club’s current day beliefs:

  • Excellence and service to the sport of rowing
  • Physical and mental health
  • Respect for yourself, club members, crew members and competitors
  • Friendship

Mercantile has consistently produced members who are leaders in sport, in administration, coaching and athletic performance. Our members have provided representative service to Australia on the World and Olympic stage, including numerous World and Olympic champions. We boast three Thomas Keller medallists, awarded for an outstanding international rowing career (more than any other club in the world); and a whole host of Order of Australia Medallists for services to the sport of rowing. Our membership is broad, inclusive and long lasting.

Our membership base includes existing active members with a 80-year club membership history, to recent new members from school and masters levels.

If you love rowing and the ideals produced from a crisp catch, clean finish and steady roll forward, then Mercantile Rowing Club is the place to be. At Mercantile, as in life, “Every stroke we take, we take a stroke to win”.


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