October 17, 2008

Fifteen-Year Sailing Adventure

CINCINNATI, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawrence H. Rogers II takes readers on 15 years of adventure on the water in his new memoir, "Every Day's an Adventure" (now available through AuthorHouse - http://www.authorhouse.com/).

Rogers began his journey in St. Petersburg, Fla., where his 48-foot SWAN was prepared for entry into the biennial Bermuda Race, followed by a trans-Atlantic crossing, residence on the Cote d'Azur and travels on the Mediterranean Sea. His boat was named Halcyon, after the mythical Greek bird.

Halcyon departed from St. Petersburg and headed for Newport, R.I., where the Bermuda Race began. Unfortunately, while riding the Gulf Stream north, Rogers ran afoul of vicious thunderstorms off Cape Canaveral. The mast was struck by lightning, destroying the navigational equipment. Luckily, he was able to repair his boat and arrive in Newport before the race began.

In the race, Rogers finished 11th out of 162 entries. After cleaning and polishing Halcyon and recovering from the messy, storm-ridden race, he headed for the Azores with his daughter, son-in-law and two volunteer crewmen. They arrived in exactly two weeks, explored the Azorean islands and then headed for Madeira, which was another 500 miles southeast.

Over the course of 15 years, Rogers continued his adventures on the water with his friends and extended family, including his six children and many grandchildren. Throughout his story, readers experience historical sites, such as the cathedral containing the tomb of Christopher Columbus, and acquire a unique view of exotic and fascinating lands.

Rogers holds a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University. He served as a captain in the Army during World War II, where he was the battery commander of the advance guard battery of General Patton's Third Army all the way across Germany. After the war, he built his first television station in West Virginia, where he worked for 13 years. He also worked as chief operating officer and president of Taft Broadcasting Company of Cincinnati, chairman of the board of the Cincinnati branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and president and CEO of Omega Communications Inc. of Orlando. Rogers' contributions to the television industry include designing and constructing the first privately owned long-distance microwave relay transmission system and bringing an end to the FCC ban on editorializing by radio and television licensees.

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