Sailing Away (All of Us song)

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"Sailing Away"
Single by All Of Us
B-side "Pick It Up"
Released 1986
Format 7"
Recorded Auckland, 1986
Genre Pop
Length 3:59
Label CBS
  • Lyrics: Len Potts, Charlie Sutherland and Paul Katene
  • Music: Traditional
Producer(s) Murray Grindlay

"Sailing Away" is a 1986 single by a supergroup of New Zealand singers and personalities, to promote New Zealand yacht KZ 7 in the 1987 America's Cup. It spent nine weeks at #1 in the single chart, the longest run of a New Zealand single until 2009. While the song is conceptually similar to the many charity supergroup singles released in the mid 1980s, "Sailing Away" has its origins as a television advertisement and was not a charity record.[1]

The song uses the melody of the Māori folk song, Pokarekare Ana, and begins with a verse of the original song, sung by Annie Crummer.[2]

All Of Us (in singing order)[edit]

Choir included:


Chart (1986) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 1

The single spent nine weeks at #1 in the New Zealand chart in 1986, the longest run for any single by a New Zealand artist until "Brother" by Smashproof and Gin Wigmore in 2009.[4]


New Zealand Herald entertainment critic Paul Casserly notes that the song reflects a different New Zealand: "we are no longer "One nation on the water". The chances of us all getting behind a yachting event to this extent again seem unlikely, absurd even."[5] However, the song "Loyal" by Dave Dobbyn (who featured in "Sailing Away") would later be adopted by Team New Zealand for the 2003 America's Cup defence.

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard feat The Young Ones
RIANZ Number-one single
13 June 1986 – 8 August 1986 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Wanna Be A Cowboy" by Boys Don't Cry


  1. ^ "Sailing Away by All of Us". NZ Film Archive. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pokarekare Ana". New Zealand Folk Song. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ " – All of Us – Sailing Away". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Smashproof break chart record". The New Zealand Herald. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Casserly, Paul (Sep 21, 2012). "Feed the World (And Stuff Like That)". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 

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