November 2018

Above – Kat Werry in the two seat of World Championship final


Follow this link for past news

Follow this link for upcoming events.

All news brought to you by your faithful correspondent Trident.


News covered below:

  • Naming of the Sean Colgan and Dr Bibi Colgan – Thursday 22nd November 6pm
  • James Tomkins in the news – Time to end ‘winning at all costs’ culture, he says
  • Book now for the Christmas Luncheon
  • Remembrance Day 2018
  • Ever wondered about the benefits of rowing?
  • 2019 Henley Royal Regatta
  • From the archives – 60 years ago
  • New Member Profiles – over 150 published
  • Thursday Night Social Hour


Naming of the Sean Colgan and Dr Bibi Colgan – Thursday 22nd November 6pm

Published 13th November 2018


We are fortunate that Sean Colgan will be joining us in Melbourne from Thursday 22nd November through to Sunday 25th November. He will be racing in the Head of the Yarra on the Saturday in a crew of several people who have travelled the world to join him in this race.


He will do the honours on Thursday night at 6pm on both the Sean Colgan and the Dr Bibi Colgan. There will be rowing in big boats thereafter followed by a BBQ and drinks at Trader’s Bar – where else.


Please come down and enjoy the celebration of the unbelievable work of Sean Colgan for the Club and the rowing festival of the Head of the Yarra.


Above: It is all on at Trader’s Bar afterwards





James Tomkins in the news – Time to end ‘winning at all costs’ culture, he says

Published 13th November 2018


Some sage advice from James –


Well spotted by our Captain Bill Webster.


Book now for the Christmas Luncheon

Published 11th November 2018

Details of the luncheon

Just click on this trybooking logo to link to the booking site:


A luncheon for all members to enjoy.




Remembrance Day 2018

Updated 11th November 2018


The Victorian Oarsmen’s Cenotaph is in Boathouse Drive and contains the 316 names of those oarsmen who died in WWI. Six Mercantile names appear on the memorial. It is our own rowers memorial.

The Oarsmen’s Cenotaph 11 November 2018 with a hand knitted wreath from a Mercantile supporter


The Cenotaph is an important part of Victorian Rowing and of Melbourne. It represents the sacrifice of so many of our own to WWI. Over 50% of the rowers registered in Victoria prior to WWI enlisted, some 1,500 rowers.  For those who want to find out more about this important memorial, please go to:


As we all know, this Remembrance Day marks the 100 years since the Armistice which effectively ended WWI. Many of the Club’s members served in the Great War and sadly six did not return.


To read about some of those who lost their lives in that war, member profiles exist for four of them.


William Cumberland

Norman Johnson

Arthur Lingham

Norman Nation

Three of them came from just one junior eight which won at Henley in 1914, the last full season before the war. The three were: William Cumberland, Norman Nation and Norman Johnson.


Lest we forget.


Ever wondered about the benefits of rowing?

Published 6th November 2018


Rowing Australia in conjunction with member Marty O’Halloran have produced a superb video which is absolutely worth viewing. This video, created for RA pro bono through the exceptional work of the DDB Group (Marty O’Halloran) and Interbrand.  It also launches RA’s new vision statement, Excellence through Rowing, on and off the water, where we aim to inspire and enable everyone involved with rowing to be the best they can be. You can watch the video here on the Rowing Australia YouTube Channel here.



Henley Royal Regatta 2019

Published 6th November 2018


Next year is the centenary of the 1919 Henley Peace Regatta at which the King’s Cup was won by the AIR No 1 crew. Mercantile is planning to send a crew to this regatta. The celebration will include a luncheon at Australia House on the Tuesday before the regatta and racing between services crews.


We are aware that there are some members who will be attending. We would welcome keeping in touch with those who are interested in attending so that accommodation, ticketing, event and other matters can be arranged. For those interested, please email Jenny Fraumano at so that you can be kept in the loop on what other members are doing.


Above: Mercs four in 2018 at HRR


Member Profiles – now over 150 published

Published 6th November 2018

Each month more member profiles are added. We now have over 150 published on the website.

We wish to record profiles of all current and past members so please submit others to Subject to editorial review, they will be published with the author’s name and date.

This month we start with recognising the following great members.

Georgie Gleeson – one of superb young members with a great future ahead of her.

Above: Georgie Gleeson with Kirsty Green in 2017

Jim Howden – one of the greats of Australian rowing, an architect of the professionalism of rowing is Australia.

Keith Bilney – a Club coach who did so much for the sport.

John Hill – a staunch and valuable Club member

Julie Orr – one of our breakfast Mums and great supporter of the Club

Bob Gregg – a past Captain of the Club

Colin Lewis – a successful lightweight and junior oarsman of the early 1950s who went onto be Club Secretary

From the archives – 60 years ago

Published 6th November 2018


This month we take a delightful pictorial look at club life in the late 1950s. The photos are care of Simon Newcomb. Enjoy.

Above: Christmas Regattas 1958 – Str: David Boykett, 3: Chris De Guigand, 2: Col Grant, Bow: Bill Wallace

Above: Towing the Club’s boats down the Murray in 1957

Above: Going through the locks

Above: En route to regattas – Terry Swantson, Geoff Grinblat, Chris De Guingand and Simon Newcomb

Above: En route to the Easter Regattas – Left to right Bill Bradshaw, Simon Newcomb, Chris De Guigand, Tony Cordell, Geoff Grinblat, Ron Richardson and Bill Wallace

Above: Maiden Pair at Mildura 1957

Above: Open eight at Mildura 1957

Above: Post regatta refreshments Mildura 1857


Tuesday night masters ergo night

Republished 1st October 2018


With the masters now doing ergos on Tuesday nights, the gym is getting crowded after 6pm. Every ergo was used on 1st August and there was not even a need for an ambulance.


Tuesday night is ergo night


Thursday Masters Nights

Republished 1st October 2018

Reminder that all masters rowers are welcome for a row on Thursday nights followed by a sausage sizzle and refreshments. Row at 6pm and sausage sizzle at 7.30pm. All welcome. Please call Andrew Guerin on 0417 554799 to get put on the weekly email.



Thursday nights after the row

Past news can be found through this link.