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.

December news includes

  • 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

November news includes

  • Head of the Yarra entries
  • Rower of the Year Awards
  • Melbourne Head
  • Congratulations Kim Crow
  • Movember
  • Melbourne Head entries
  • Vale Sandy Mitchell
  • Apologies for the website downtime
  • President’s Christmas Luncheon – Sunday 15th December
  • ‘Emergency dredging” in front of shed
  • New date for President’s Christmas Luncheon
  • Mercs on Saturday morning
  • News from our man at Cambridge
  • Jump like Jess Morrison
  • Congratulations David Fraumano
  • Appointment of Paul McGann as Performance Director
  • Head Coach resigns
  • Club members appointed to 2020 National Championships jury
  • Thursday nights at the Club
  • Your new Committee
  • From the vaults – Henley on Yarra

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”.