Given Heidi Watney's career as a sideline TV reporter for the
Boston Red Sox you might peg her as one who prefers to be a
spectator, as opposed to a player. But based on the way the former
beauty pageant contestant took Bermuda by storm this month, it's
pretty clear she prefers to be in the game versus watching from the
In four action-packed days in Bermuda, Heidi tried just about
everything the place has to offer. She swam with dolphins, jet skied,
did one-third of a triathlon and took in a championship rugby match between New Zealand
and South Africa.
"We're not a sip drinks with umbrellas in them kind of family,"
Heidi told bermuda.com from the balcony of her villa at the Tucker's Point
Hotel & Spa.
Heidi travelled to Bermuda with her sister Kelly and mother Paula
who both made the journey from California. Heidi referred to the
trio as "three chicks" on vacation and none was complaining about
the action-packed schedule.
I was invited along when Heidi and Kelly took a jet ski tour
across Bermuda, shrugging off what locals would consider a date too
late in the year for water sports.
"I usually get made fun of by Red Sox nation because my jacket is
too thick in whatever month," Heidi confessed with a laugh. "This
is delightful, right now I'm in a tank top and shorts and we're
going out to the beach. It's so nice."
It was 40-something degrees back in Boston as she spoke.
A company called Sea Venture provided a 75-minute jet ski tour. It
offers a collection of pretty big, almost intimidating machines
that look like parked oxen at the dock. An expert guide comes as
part of the package as well. In this case, Will Tucker, a
Bermudian, decided a November tour required a full body wet suit.
The rest of us braved it in short suits.
"You stick your foot in and your first reaction is, maybe it's a
little chilly," Heidi said. "But after a minute you get used to it
and it's fine. By the end of the jet ski thing I was ready to jump
in the water."
Heidi's comfort level on the water was impossible to ignore. In
the uncrowded sound she was full throttle almost 100% of the time,
challenging Kelly who had an even deeper hunger for speed. "We're a
very competitive family," Heidi quipped.
At times the water was very choppy and Heidi's watercraft leaped
into the air. But she held on and never slowed down - not once -
even when there was a wall of water in her face from the jet ski in
Will's tour is high speed when it should be and under five knots
when it needs to be. He took us from Waterlot in Southampton to Snorkel
Park in Dockyard - where we picked up two more jet skiers, from
Boston fittingly. Then it was to one of Bermuda's many shipwrecks,
under the smallest drawbridge in the world and a little stop time
to feed bread to the fish.
The girls said they loved every minute of it. Heidi was gushing.
"I think the thing for me that will stick is how beautiful and
clear the water is. It is just an amazing turquoise color and you
can see through it so well. It's phenomenal."
Heidi says she's already working to squeeze in another
action-packed visit during the three-day baseball all-star break
Disclosure: The Bermuda Department of Tourism paid for
portions of Heidi Watney's Bermuda vacation