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.

July news includes

  • Vale Martin Owen
  • Vale Libby Douglas
  • 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

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

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”.