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.

July news includes

  • Gold for Mercantile at World Under 23 Championships
  • Women’s Under 23 Four win repechage at WU23 Champs
  • Men’s U23 Four win heat at WU23 Champs
  • World Under 23 Championships start tonight
  • Scotch Mercantile Regatta 2017 – YouTube video now available
  • Aussie Under 21 Trans Tasman Series – First leg
  • World Cup III – Lucerne – Golden Day 3
  • World Cup III – Lucerne – Day 2
  • World Cup III – Lucerne – Day 1
  • Henley Royal Regatta – Day 5
  • Henley Royal Regatta – Day 4
  • More Mercs members join Australian team
  • Expressions of interest called for Masters in Paradise
  • Advance notice – Arthur Atkins’ 100th birthday party Sun 6th August
  • New Mercs tie
  • Member Profiles

June news includes

  • Henley Royal Regatta – Day 2
  • Henley Royal Regatta – Day 1
  • Day 2 – Holland Beker Regatta
  • Holland Beker Regatta – Saturday results
  • Vale Harry Mahoney
  • Fiona Albert in the news
  • Holland Beker Regatta commences
  • World Cup Results – Katrina takes Gold
  • Mercantile represented well in SC and MGS 150th year crews
  • World Cup 2 underway
  • Great cocktail party for our travelling athletes
  • Cover story in Row360 – Josh Dunkley Smith
  • Australian team arrives in Europe for World Cups
  • Mercs Fundraising Cocktail Party Saturday 10th June 2017
  • Team Tomanovits – Winners at the Trivia Night
  • More Mercs members to Australian team trials
  • Mercs members racing overseas
  • From the Archives
  • Expressions of interest called for Masters in Paradise
  • Advance notice – Arthur Atkins’ 100th birthday party Sun 6th August
  • 150th Head of the River Celebration Dinner
  • National teams 2017
  • 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”.