The Tarnishing of the Annapolis Yacht Club - Commodore Hartman Needs to Resign

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Open Letter for the Resignation of  C. Edward Hartman, III

Often more times than not, our leaders who are either elected, or placed into a position through nepotism in the roles to protect, advance, and lead our society, fail us with most profound lack of civility and dignity. Throughout the last few years, this has been more prevalent due to our vast differences, and 24/7 news cycles driven by clickbait articles and politics.  There are places in this world where we go to escape these differences, and my favorite place has always been on the water, racing sailboats. However, just like everything else, the things we cherish, often get tarnished by the current dynamics of politics and despots. With this, I am afraid to say, the Annapolis Yacht Club has fallen into this category as well, driven directly by the new Commodore, C. Edward Hartman, III.

The article below, is from Annapolis Yacht Club’s Smoking Lamp, the newsletter which is published and delivered monthly.  Whether you agree/disagree with the current landscape, this is exactly what should not be published, by a person in position of power, that encompasses all types of people.

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As a member of sailing community, I am appalled this made it to publication, albeit not surprised by Commodore Hartman's comments. Over the last year, there have been a few incidents revolving Hartman. Hartman was the lawyer leading the charge in Maryland to sue Anne Arundel County Exec Pittman for the COVID restrictions on restaurants "on behalf of restaurant groups." His often poor jokes, of emblazing Trump on his crew shirts, echoed throughout the harbor one summers eve after Wednesday Night Racing.  Then there were his comments of turning AYC into a club "as prestige as Augusta National." Suffice to say, this gave many folks pause knowing he would become the next Commodore. While his reign is only for two years, in less than two months, he has made a mockery of title, Commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club.

His lack of tact during a time which has been unparalleled during our lifetimes is astonishing.  There are countless members in the community from staff, friends, family, who have all been impacted negatively throughout the pandemic. I have to also ask, is he on drugs? Unicorns and Leprechauns ruling the world? COVID Bogeyman?  Surely, this is not a leader anyone would want for the Yacht Club, but more along the lines of a cult fanatic the FBI has been monitoring. 

It is with all this, I urge the Annapolis Yacht Club to do the right thing, and ask for his Resignation. 

 

Santanasailor

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I am not so sure WE should be jumping to judgement.  

This is his opinion.  You can like it or you cannot, it is up to you to decide.  If you are a member of this club, speak out and voice your thoughts at the club.  If you are not a member of this club, I think this really is not your concern.  

To the OP, send your letter to the clubs board, if you are a member.  

 
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sailman

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What exactly is wrong with the letter?  He is bringing up all the craziness going on and saying to the membership..relax and come down to the club.  It is people like Mr. Clean that add divisiveness to the conversation.  Listen to the Commodore, tune out the news cycle, get on your boat and relax at your local club.

 

Foredeck Shuffle

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Is he part of the influx of members from the failed country club up the Severn?  Are there any racers left in leadership position?  When I left AYC it was with remorse but because the number of boats permitted in the yard was going down to accommodate more party facilities and the only boat I wanted to sail out of it was no longer on the list, I couldn't justify staying.

The last commodores did a great job of balancing everyone, including the quacks.  This guy is going to leave a trail of excrement on the rugs.  And with the new decor looking like it is straight off a princess cruise ship, that's not going to scrub out.

 

Hitchhiker

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I don’t understand what there is to get worked up about.  It’s some light hearted writing to get the membership into the club to spend their Benjamins in trying times. 

If the OP is really earnest in trying to oust this bloke, it ought to be to the yacht club board not SA.  Nobody in the know reads this bullshit!

 

eliboat

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Vaccines are ineffective... vaccinated people are more likely to get Covid than unvaccinated people... come on down to the club en masse without masking or being vaccinated, AYC is safe from COVID?   That's all misinformation that also happens to be the right wing norm.  So yes, he does say, let's try to be happy together at AYC, but he has done so using idiotic logic that, if people are dumb enough to listen to him, would put themselves and others at risk.  I don't know the guy and I have no connection to AYC other than a few friends who happen to be members.  If I were to be a member though and receive this, I wouldn't be happy for sure. 

 

TJSoCal

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Vaccines are ineffective... vaccinated people are more likely to get Covid than unvaccinated people... come on down to the club en masse without masking or being vaccinated, AYC is safe from COVID?   That's all misinformation that also happens to be the right wing norm.  So yes, he does say, let's try to be happy together at AYC, but he has done so using idiotic logic that, if people are dumb enough to listen to him, would put themselves and others at risk.  I don't know the guy and I have no connection to AYC other than a few friends who happen to be members.  If I were to be a member though and receive this, I wouldn't be happy for sure. 
People are making health decisions based on what the commodore of AYC writes in the newsletter?

They should know by now that comedians are the only authoritative source.

 
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..........24/7 news cycles driven by clickbait articles and politics.  There are places in this world where we go to escape these differences, and my favorite place has always been on the water, racing sailboats
What are we to do with the news changing every 5 minutes scaring us all into paralysis? Turn off the TV and computer, some down to 2 Compromise street or our counterparts across the bridge..and get on your boat
Its amazing how people with different political backgrounds hate each other even more when they agree on something.

 
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