About Us

The Derwent Mercantile Collegiate Rowing Club is the second oldest rowing club in Australia and the oldest in Tasmania.
The club came into being in 1965 as a result of the merger of the Derwent Rowing Club (est. 1871) and the Mercantile Rowing Club (est. 1876).
The club is located in the former Derwent Rowing Club clubhouse at Pavilion Point. The building was constructed in the early 1950’s following a fire that destroyed the old boat sheds and most of the equipment.
At a Special General Meeting on December 8 1996, the St Michaels Collegiate School was received into the club as an equal partner, thus creating the Derwent Mercantile Collegiate Rowing Club. This has brought new life to the club and a new era in its history.

2021-2022 COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT – SUE SLUCE – president@dmcrc.com.au

Sue has been an Optometrist since 1983, currently working part-time at Total Eye Care.  Sue has served on Optometry, Optometry Research, Optometrical Registration, Cornea and Contact Lens and Optometry Foundation Boards both at state and national level – as a general member as well as chair person on several occasions – as well has been one of the Directors of her own Optometrical  Group Practice –  read more



VICE PRESIDENT – MELISSA CARR  vicepresident@dmcrc.com.au

Melissa joined the DMCRC family in 2018 when the first of her daughter’s commenced rowing, DMCRC quickly becoming her family’s second home.  More recently she is serving as DMCRC’S Vice President after joining as a general committee member in 2021.  Melissa brings over 25 years management experience, specialising in human resource management, business development and communications, serving predominantly in the emergency service sector and health industry.  In the rowing off-season she enjoys travelling and photography with my family. 


SECRETARY – FERGUS LEICESTER –   secretary@dmcrc.com.au

Fergus is DMCRC’s Secretary and is also Chief Operating Officer at St Michael’s Collegiate School. He is an experienced manager with nearly 30 years of commercial, financial and operational experience in ASX listed companies, not-for-profit and other organisations.  Fergus’ qualifications include a motor boat licence and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), amongst others. The rest of Fergus’ family are current or previous rowers. In his spare time, he drives a safety boat; attempts to keep the concrete boat ramp safe and clean; and helps with rowing fundraising.


TREASURER – ANDREA RIPPON –   treasurer@dmcrc.com.au

Andrea has been part of the Tasmanian rowing community for the past 20 years and an active member of DMCRC for the past 10 years, as a Masters rower and committee member.  Andrea has represented DMCRC at state pennant regattas as well as Australian Masters Championship events and was fortunate to medal in both women’s and mixed crews with my fellow club members. Andrea also represented Tasmania at national level in the quad scull –  read more


SAFETY OFFICER – David Bird safety@dmcrc.com.au

ROWING COORDINATOR – Courtney Blyth courtney.blyth@collegiate.tas.edu.au

DMCRC CLUB CAPTAIN – Andrew Jones captain@dmcrc.com.au

BOAT HOUSE MANAGER – Tony Edmonson bhmanager@dmcrc.com.au



Jill Bannon, James Dalton, Denita Gould, Jo Hickman, Michael Muller and Rod Shelley.