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.


September news includes

  • New Member Profiles
  • From the Archives – Club Emblem
  • RA underage Event Requirements
  • World Championships are on in Florida
  • Updates on Word Championships in Florida
  • Results from Saltwater Classic
  • News about World Championships and Hurricane Irma
  • Regatta entries for Saltwater Challenge
  • Arthur Atkins celebrates his 100th at Government House
  • Photos from Trans Tasman Under 21 series – one bombed
  • JDS at Sarah’s Super Saturday
  • River works
  • Sarah’s Super Saturday – JDS in world record attempt
  • Reminder – AGM 22nd October 2017
  • First Thursday of the month row goes gourmet
  • Tuesday night ergos
  • New Mercs tie
  • Member Profiles

August news includes

  • Australia wins the Rusty Robertson Trophy
  • JDS trains with the Australian team in Canberra
  • Fiona Albert returning from injury
  • Day 2 – Trans Tasman Under 21 series
  • Day 1 – Trans Tasman Under 21 series
  • Second leg of Under 21 series v New Zealand starts this week
  • Reminder AGM 22nd October 2017
  • 2017-18 Regatta Program published
  • Patrick Boomer makes Irish team
  • News from Ireland
  • Australia wins gold at the juniors
  • Arthur’s 100th birthday party
  • Day 5 World Junior Championships
  • Days 3 & 4 World Junior Championships
  • Day 2 World Junior Championships
  • Day 1 World Junior Championships
  • Arthur Atkins’ 100th birthday party Sun 6th August
  • Sarah’s Super Saturday – JDS in world record attempt
  • First Thursday of the month row goes gourmet
  • Tuesday night ergos
  • 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”.