I have a friend who is an avid sailor. He lives in Chicago and enjoys taking his sailboat out onto Lake Michigan. Though he loves the water, he is the one who told me the joke which I later found online, though I do not know it origins:
"Sailing - The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill,
while going nowhere slowly at great expense (equivalent to standing in a cold
shower, fully clothed, throwing up, and tearing up $100 bills, while a bunch of
other people watch you)."
Not quite as romantic a notion as Christopher Cross's hit that came out in 1980.