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January news covered this month

  • Rowers in the Australia Day honours
  • Rowing NSW Small Boats Regatta results
  • Barwon Regatta results
  • Barwon Entries
  • Results and images from the Ballarat Regatta
  • Ballarat entries
  • More information on air quality
  • Access to Boathouse Drive this week
  • Rutherglen Regatta
  • Club rowers to commence Thursday 16th January
  • Mercs camp finishes
  • Mercantile camp in full swing
  • Calling all club rowers
  • Superb wines in Club’s wine offer
  • Wine notes from your correspondent
  • 2020 Olympic series part 1
  • From the archives – Cecil McVilly

December news includes

  • Club camp moved from Gippsland to the clubhouse due to fires
  • Monash 1989 crew reunite at Mercs
  • Merry Christmas
  • Christmas wishes from Will Legge at Cambridge University
  • Annual Detour
  • December Youth Camp
  • New Years Eve Road Closures
  • A great President’s Luncheon
  • President’s Lunch Sun 15th Dec
  • Victorian team squads announced
  • Wine sales
  • Rower of the Year Awards wrap up
  • Head of the Yarra images
  • From the vaults – post war Mercantile

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”.