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.


May news includes

  • Winter Sculling Starts
  • Mercs race at Henley Royal Regatta
  • Fundraising for our international competing members
  • Henley Royal Regatta
  • Our national team members
  • Member Profiles
  • Thursday Night Social Hour

April news includes

  • Under age teams announced
  • ANZAC Service
  • James Rook hits the airwaves
  • More Mercs members makes the senior team
  • From the Archives – Newsletter to Club members 16th November 1946
  • Awards Night – Sat 28th April 6.30pm
  • ANZAC Service and President’s Luncheon
  • Mercantile members in Australian senior team
  • Mercantile members in under age squads
  • Member Profiles
  • Thursday Night Social Hour


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”.