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.


April news includes:

  • Masters win at Albert Park Regatta
  • Bob Lachal at Gallipoli
  • Greetings from Noel Donaldson
  • More 1986 archive material
  • Mercantile spotted at…
  • Hawthorn Bridge 1890
  • John “Thumbscrew” Carr member profile added
  • Attention now turns to overseas
  • James Sprigg Member Profile Added
  • From the archives – 1986 Men’s Fours
  • Jenny Williams AM
  • Masters win at Henley on Maribyrnong
  • Rachel Engel invited to under-age trials number 2 in June for US athletes
  • James Rook announced as coxswain of the Australian eight
  • Invitations to under-age trials announced
  • President’s Luncheon 30th April
  • Day 7 National Championships
  • Sarah Tait Trophy
  • Day 6 National Championships

March news includes:

  • Day 5 National Championships
  • Day 4 National Championships
  • Day 3 National Championships
  • Day 2 National Championships
  • Day 1 National Championships
  • National Championships commence
  • 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


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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