Not a big deal to the friends we've met who have sailed (or are sailing) around the world but it was a BIG deal to us. Linda and I sailed 400 miles from the Eastern Caribbean to the Western Caribbean over three days--specifically from Grenada to Bonaire. It was the furthest we'd sailed alone without other crew. We took 4-hour shifts and had a relatively uneventful downwind sail--until the last leg when we had 25-35k winds, 8-10 foot waves, following seas, and an occasional rogue wave over the transom that filled the cockpit.
To avoid pirates, we kept far north of Venezuela. (As Venezuela implodes, we're told, pirates are operating further and further out to sea.) We jogged north for awhile before dropping south for the last 75 miles or so...
At sunrise we rounded the bottom of Bonaire and came into the bay at Kralendijk. We found a mooring along the coast and settled in.
Rick and Linda Grimes bought a sailboat and left the U S of A for the Caribbean in 2015.