This word is a summer word.
Teaching English, English uses this verb to describe what a boat does. Other uses include a balloon sailing up in the air, or a bird sailing on the wind. Are wind surfers sailing or surfing or both?
Enya uses this in one of her songs. She describes sailing away.
In English you can sail in, sail into, sail on, sail up, sail down, sail toward, sail away…..basically any type of direction you need to go.
Years ago I took a basic boating class and the instructor always complained about local birds pooping on the sails. The physical sails are tough and strong but too much bird poop is a bad thing.
Hoist your sails and live your life.