Sailing Away (All of Us song)

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"Sailing Away"
Sailing Away cover.jpeg
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.

Preceded by
"Living Doll" by Cliff Richard feat The Young Ones
RIANZ Number-one single
13 June 1986 – 8 August 1986 (9 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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