Thank you for your very nice posting
and e-mail regarding your grand-uncle, Mineo Inuzuka.
As it turned out, last spring we made three attempts to bring the Go For Broke
back to California
. On the third attempt we got 800 miles out, about a third of the way, when mechanical problems forced us to return to Honolulu.
Maybe she didn't want to leave her home waters.
She is now for sale
again, in Kawalo Basin Harbor. Since uncovering her history, I have always hoped someone, or some organization, connected with the 442nd legacy, would buy her and turn her into a floating classroom, making short sails
around Honolulu Bay, to educate young people especially about the 442nd, Japanese-American history, and the remarkable man whose life of quiet heroism is a model of what it really means to be a great American.
If I had the money
I'd buy it myself and donate it to a relevant organization. Probably at this point she can be bought for a very reasonable price
I will send you a private e-mail to your Hotmail address, to discuss details I've uncovered and to inquire about the historic materials you referred to.
A book is being written about Mineo's life in general, and might be out this year. I'm pretty sure you know about that author.
In any case, thank you very much for contacting me. You have rekindled my enthusiasm for writing something in detail about your "Uncle Min" and the steel-hulled sailing cutter
that he built and sailed around the world mostly solo at age 70.
(By the way, I met a nice New Zealand
lady during my time in Honolulu, and have moved here from California. Will try to visit Mineo and finish the writing project
Thank you again.
Ian M. Washburn, M.A.
University of Cambridge CELTA
1750 Kalakaua Avenue, #3665
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 347-9951 cell