No-one knew whether the fourth installment of the Isis Winter League would take place until a few hours before it was due to begin. The river had been on red flag for just under a week, meaning no crews were allowed to do outings. It was eventually decided that, despite the river being very high and the stream being strong, that racing would go ahead.
IWL is a time trial competition, where crews or various sizes (from eights to single scullers) take it in turn to row along an approximately 1.3km stretch of the Isis river, from Donnington Bridge to the head. Due to the very powerful stream, it was decided IWL D would be raced over a shorter (approximately 1km) course.
Coxing constraints and various other complications, meant Jesus only fielded two men’s 8+ crews for IWL D.
Jesus MA were looking to continue with their good form in IWL, having been the fastest crew in IWL C. With clean, powerful rowing, they again were the fastest crew to race, finishing in a blistering 3 minutes 37 seconds. Jesus MB coped extremely well despite the tough river conditions, and didn’t let a considerable crab just after coming out of the gut affect their spirits, with a very respectable time of 4:20