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Sailing Music

There's something curious about sailing and being on the water. It's not always that just any music will do. Sometimes you have to hear that soothing rhythm that reflects a soul borne on the water. Here are a few samplings. Please send us your favorite tunes to add to the list.

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Quintessential Light Rock

Jimmy Buffet

If you can only get one CD of tunes for sailing , it may as well be this one (er, set).

All the favorites in one collection.

More Jimmy Buffet


They were not just another band out of Boston. Some of the
best Rock & Roll, with occasional reference to sailing.

Loggins and Messina    

Full Sail 1973

One of the prettiest collections of soothing tracks from the 70s.
Lahaina, Watching the river run, and Sailin' the wind are all
great songs to sail by. You might try their prior album, Sittin' in, as well.

Bob Marley

Okay, so Bob Marley did not sing about sailing, but his
reggae sound makes the world seem a better place,
especially onboard. The quintessential Marley of course is
Legend. And then there is the new album One Love.

The Best of Christopher Cross

includes hit "Sailing"

Eric Stone

When I first heard Eric Stone at a boat show, I thought,
"oh boy, another parrothead wannabe." But he slowly
refined his gig and Songs for Sail is a pretty nice recording
to have onboard. As Bob Bitchin' says, it's like he's
entertaining his guests onboard.


More Eric Stone

Eileen Quinn

Monique Chalk


Come Sail Away is always good to get things moving.

Loggins and Messina      

Sittin’ in 1972

Vahevella is a great sailor's tune.

Sailing To Philadelphia

By Mark Knopfler

Larry Shaffer




Traditional sea chanty recordings

For comprehensive access to sea chanty recordings, visit  

The wind in the rigging

Unique instrumental arrangements of traditional and contemporary music of the sea. A treasure chest of melodies, it evokes the spirit of a New England Voyage. Quite lovely and occasionally quite lively! Created by an entire cadre of fine musicians.

For the first 20th century 12-step sea chanty, click here.

Them Eastport Oyster Boys

Very original, mostly humorous, boating tunes by a group from Annapolis, Maryland. Our favorite is "Marina, marina."

Not available on but they have their own website (



Just great music for underway


  • James Galway playing Mozart - one of the the most joyful recordings I've ever heard.
  • Beethoven's Fifth Symphony - for dramatic sunsets
  • Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
  • Handel's Water Music



Dolores Keane/John Faulkner

Sail og Rua is not a sailing album per se, but it is one of the most hauntingly beautiful Celtic recordings ever. And you can't be Irish without looking toward the sea. The song Galway Bay is worth every penny.

Christmas in the Caribbean

Christmas songs performed on steel drums.

Putumayo World Music

World music "guaranteed to make you feel good." Available as collections that include Zydeco, Celtic, Blues, African, European, Brazilian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin, Caribbean/Reggae, and many other ethnic and multicultural combinations. A series of Kids' music CDs with activity kits are both fun and educational.

Otherwise, have fun shopping!!!

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