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.

Please be aware that the website structure is undergoing a change so not all the links work at the moment with the past news pages. This is being rectified and we apologise for the temporary inconvenience.

August news includes

  • World Championships Preview
  • Happy Birthday Arthur Atkins
  • Farewell to Marty Owen
  • World Junior Championships Finals
  • World Junior Championships semis
  • World Junior Championships reps
  • World Junior Championships heats
  • More pictures from World Under 23 Championships
  • World World video including Kat Werry
  • Coastal Rowing comes to Mercs
  • Patrick Boomer sets himself for World Coastal Championships in Hong Kong in November
  • Next up – World Juniors and Paras in Tokyo
  • World Championships commence Sunday 25th August in Linz
  • Member profiles
  • From the Archives – the Club’s first senior Championship

July news includes

  • Ria Thompson takes gold at World Under 23 Championships
  • Gold and Bronze for Mercantile at Under 23 Championships
  • Racing begins tonight in the World Under 23 Championships
  • Celebration of lives – Martin Owen and Libby Douglas
  • Vale Martin Owen
  • Vale Libby Douglas
  • WC3 – Australia and Mercs dominate
  • WC3 – All Mercs members through semi finals and reps on Saturday
  • WC3 – time trials replace heats in adverse conditions
  • Mercs at World Cup 3 – Racing starts Friday
  • Trustees announce more grants
  • Australian Under 23 Men’s eight announced – 2 more Mercs members added to the team
  • Mercantile mourns the loss of Nick Garratt AM
  • Henley Day 5 – Sunday
  • Henley Day 4 – Saturday
  • Henley Day 3 – Friday
  • Henley Day 2 – Thursday
  • Henley Day 1 -Wednesday
  • Henley Royal Regatta preview
  • Yet more Mercs members in the Australian Under 23 team
  • Foundation trustees announce further grants from the Cooper Fund
  • From the Archives – Club fundraising in 1883

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”.