On 10 January 2012, Mark blogged:
"It is over a week since we saw land and we are now about a quarter of the way across the Atlantic. I can also report that this is, without comparison the toughest expedition of my life. Maybe this expedition is particularly tough for me as I am really a land lover who never really rowed until 12 months ago. And so to be rowing in a team for 24 hours a day in a race for the world record across the constantly unpredictable Atlantic Ocean sees me well out of my comfort zone."