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.

June news includes

  • Australia and Mercs dominate at WCII
  • Mercs members thrive at World Cup II
  • More Mercs members into the U23 Australian team
  • Mercs at World Cup II at Poznan this week
  • Member in the news – Drew Ginn
  • Australian Junior four trains from Mercs
  • Mercantile members celebrate end of financial year
  • Bridie O’Donnell hosts the Australian U23 coxed four
  • New Foundation Donation Form
  • Josh Dunckley-Smith interviewed for Rowing Australia
  • Member Profiles – Alan Henry
  • Mercantile wins the Senior Premiership
  • David Crawshay inducted into the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame
  • Martin and Susan Owen Donation
  • Foundation’s Frederico Fund reaches $1mil
  • So what happens at the Club at 6am on a Saturday morning?
  • From the vaults- Michael Caldwell shares photos from 1960s
  • New communications for members

May news includes

  • Martin and Susan Owen donation
  • Working bee at Clubhouse Saturday 1st June after rowing
  • US based Under 23 trial invitations announced
  • Andrew Guerin retires from the Rowing Australia Board
  • National Masters in pictures
  • Noel Donaldson returns
  • Total Facility Management announced as a sponsor of the Cocktail Party
  • Need some publicity for your business? Read this.
  • Change to HRR entries
  • The next generation
  • Member profile- Albert Lidblade
  • Member profile – Dr Richard A Cooper
  • Foundation Grants announced
  • River closures and events
  • A Yarra scene we know too well
  • Australian Under 23 Coxed Four in training
  • Raffle for our international representatives – tickets on sale
  • Vale Colin Campbell and Alan Grover
  • Once a member, always a member
  • Olympic Games tickets go on sale
  • News from members around the world
  • Cocktail Party 1st June 2019
  • Crews selected for Henley Royal Regatta
  • Martin Owen Wednesday luncheons
  • Road closure Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Australian Indoor Rowing Championships announced
  • 2019-2020 membership form and fees now available
  • 2019 Under age teams announced with Mercantile represented
  • Pulling Through – The story of the King’s Cup
  • From the vaults – 1945-47, Bill Wallace
  • Event in Boathouse Drive Saturday 4th May
  • Henley Royal Regatta 2019
  • Keep these dates free
  • 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”.