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

  • Notice of AGM
  • More details on the Annual Dinner and AGM
  • Member Profile – Celia Patterson
  • Three more medals for Mercs on the last day of the Worlds
  • Silver for Kat Werry on Day 7 of Worlds
  • Day 6 – World Championships
  • President’s luncheon – 2nd December 2018
  • Member profile – Paul Harding
  • Day 5 World Championships
  • World Championship Update
  • Member profiles – Gibbs Family
  • AGM – 20th October 2018
  • 2018-19 Regatta calendar on the events page
  • Club fundraising opportunity – advertise your business for a week
  • River closure Sunday 9th September 2018
  • Mercs at the World Championships
  • Wrap up of our international representatives for 2018
  • Fun run Sunday 2nd September
  • Ever wondered about the benefits of rowing?
  • Nick’s new toy
  • 2019 Henley Royal Regatta
  • RV competitor agreement
  • From the archives – the first National Championships 1962
  • Member Profiles
  • Thursday Night Social Hour

August news includes

  • Olivia Sibillin finishes fourth at World University Championships
  • Mercs masters plan for the Head season
  • Member news from the Northern Hemisphere
  • Love is in the air
  • Happy Birthday Arthur Atkins, 101 great years
  • Vale Ted Sorani
  • World Championship team announced
  • Alex Clarke finishes sixth at Under 23 World Championships
  • From the archives – Clubhouse rebuilding
  • Member Profiles
  • Thursday Night Social Hour

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”.