"Sailing" is a song written by Gavin Sutherland and recorded by The Sutherland Bros. Band (featuring the Sutherland Brothers Gavin and Iain), released in June 1972.
Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama for his 1975 album Atlantic Crossing, and it was subsequently a number one hit in the UK in September 1975 for four weeks. The single returned to the UK top ten a year later when used as the theme music for the BBC documentary series Sailor, about HMS Ark Royal, and made a minor chart appearance when re-released as a charity single after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in 1987. Having been a hit twice, it remains Stewart's biggest-selling single in the UK.