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.

March 2020 news

  • Mercantile seeks to employ a senior high performance coach
  • Vale Denis Ginn
  • COVID-19 measure close the Club
  • Rowing Australia calls for rowing clubs to suspend operations
  • Vale Rob Connolly
  • Other sad news
  • Training guidelines during Covid-19
  • Covid-19 precautions
  • Impacts of Covid-19 on regattas
  • The Bibi Colgan to be named 16th April 2020
  • Mercantile members in Victorian crews
  • Mercs members in Olympic squads announced following the trials
  • 2020 State Championships in review
  • Moomba river closures
  • Moomba parking
  • From the vaults – Interstate women’s championships

February news includes

  • State Championship Entries
  • Raffle to support our 2020 international athletes
  • Moomba Parking arrangements
  • Henley on Yarra
  • Jack Morganti visits Mercantile
  • Olympic Selection Trial Invitees
  • Staging Woes
  • Lightweight World Ergo Record
  • NSW Championships results
  • Nagambie results
  • NSW Championships entries
  • Nagambie entries
  • Moomba launch 12th February
  • Moomba arrangements
  • From the vault – Olympic boycotts

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”.