TRIBULATIONS was designed by Nigel Irens and built with the same mould as Fujicolor (Mike Birch) and Fleury Michon IX (Philippe Poupon). Named Laiterie du Mont Saint Michel in 1987 and skippered by Olivier Moussy, she was then taken over by Olivier Kersauzon as the Esso Super Plus. She sailed the Route du Rhum 1990 with Yves Cornec and later the 60-foot multihull circuit as The Nine. In 2006 she was transformed into a Multi 50’ by Victorien Erussard and renamed Laiterie de Saint Malo.
Her current owner bought her in 2010 to race the Route du Rhum of the same year, and replaced her inboard engine and main winches in 2012. Her structure is reviewed annually by the Stratocompo yard.
She was prepared for the Route du Rhum 2014, undergoing a notable upgrade of the overall standing rigging and halyards. However she withdrew after 16 hours because of a tear in the mainsail.