WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Vice-President Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

LPM to Offer Free Pétanque Lessons

La Pétanque Marinière, Marin's pétanque club since 1972, 
will offer free lessons.

Where?  The LPM terrain is located behind the Civic Center, between Jury Parking and the Dog Park.
When?  10AM-Noon / third Saturday of the month - April through October 

Every third Saturday:
April 25, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17

Balls and instruction will be provided.  All ages are welcome, children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult.  

For more information contact Christine Cragg: 
415-302-5069 or by email at petanque.marin@gmail.com 

Monday, August 10, 2015

LPM Passing - Jean de Baere

Dear LPM Members,
Sadly, we must inform you of the passing of Jean de Baere.  While he has not been active in our club in the recent years, he was for so many years, a dedicated volunteer serving on the Board and working for the sport and the club he loved.  He was a gentle, talented, charming man.  If you  wish to share condolences with the family, you will find the information in the notice below

Fourth Annual Lamorinda Cup Tournament

 Click on the link for more information: Fourth Annual Lamorinda Cup Tournament

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fort Bragg Pétanque - 4th Annual Skip Wallenberg Open

Please know that we will allow signups up until 9:30 AM, the day of the tournament (this coming Saturday), seeing as petanque players seem to be prone to procrastinating. It would be useful to us if you do know of any folks headed this way to play, if you alert us at this email address or my phone number (707) 964-3211 as we will be preparing our piste this Friday. This is a 100% cash return tournament...  potluck (there is plenty of deli food available in Fort Bragg if needed) or if you prefer, bring your own lunch.

Thank you for your time


Pete of The Noyo Yoyos.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LPM Passing - André Sanchou

It is with a heavy heart that LPM recognizes the passing of one of our beloved members. Andre Sanchou​ passed away a few days ago. We will miss his carefree, jovial character and his sweet, generous nature, yet his memory we carry within us will ensure that he never is truly gone.

2015 Bay Area & Beyond Interclub Tournament

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2105 LPM Calendar (revised)

Confusion Control

Fellow Pétanque Players,

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding the tournament of select triples scheduled for this Sunday. There is NO tournament this weekend. The Inter-club tournament, to have been hosted by the Petaluma Valley Club, has been postponed and the select mixed triples has been moved to AUGUST 9. There is a flyer with more information which is forthcoming.
LPM apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Below please find the most up to date calendar:

Monday, May 11, 2015

VOMPC's next tournament is the Sonoma Cup on Sunday May 24th, Memorial Day weekend.
Select triples, any combo of gals and guys, or all guys, or all gals.  
Registration is by 9:30--NOT 10am.  Cost is $45 per team.

It will be a busy day in our town, so be early for good parking.
No lunch, so bring your own food and best game for a fun day.

Once again... 9:30 registration deadline--it's a long day.

Boule on


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sonoma Wine Country Games

Dear Pétanque Friends,

In one month Pétanque will be played for the very first time in the Wine Country Games. This program is sponsored by the Council on Aging which is the organization responsible for Meals on Wheels. This is the first time pétanque will be part of these games.

Some of the sponsors include Ricard and Wellington Vineyards! In addition to being awarded medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, there are some great prizes from our sponsors. After you register, you can enter any event for a nominal fee. Registration is $40 and the fee for pétanque is $5. There are some 20 sporting events from which to choose. The games are held over a ten day period, June 4th through the 14th. The only criteria is that you must be 50 years young or older! Saturday night there's a party with nibbles, wine and music for only $5 at Shoen Farms with all the athletes! With your registration you get a t-shirt, satchel and goodies. 

For more information on, and to register for the games, go to Sonoma Wine Country Games  


Club Français de Sacramento - 6-Ball Challenge

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LPM - New Sponsor

La Pétanque Marinière is proud to announce that the Agricultural Institute of Marin is our newest sponser. We are excited about our newly forged partnership and look forward to great things happening in the future as a result. 
Please support the Marin County Farmer's Markets when you can. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

La Boule D'Or Pétanque - San Francisco

November 2nd
Select Doubles - Open (2 men, 2 women or 1 man + 1 woman)
Sign in by - 9:00 AM
Start play - 10:00
Fee - $10.00 per player
5 games + consolante
cash prize and perpetual trophy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

3rd Annual Lamorinda Cup Breaking News...

Hello All,

Lafayette is holding their Art and Wine Festival this weekend so that means that Mount Diablo Boulevard will be closed between Dewing Avenue and Oak Hill Road. If you usually use Mt Diablo Blvd to to get to Moraga Road to get to our courts, rather take the Pleasant Hill exit.  Here is a Google map.

In case you didn't know, Hwy 37, from Infineon Raceway to Vallejo is closed this weekend for roadworks, so if you are coming from Sonoma, use the route through American Canyon.

A reminder:
  • Coffee and Croissants in the Morning
  • Registration closes at 9.00AM
  • Play begins at 9.30AM
  • Please bring your own Lunch
  • Apéritifs will be served after the Tournament
The entry fee is $40.00 per team and you can pay at registration
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Concours winners.
  • Cash Prizes in the Concours and Consolante. 
  • Cash Prizes in the optional Pointing and Shooting Contests at lunchtime - $5.00 entry for each contest.

Tish Harris is collecting clothing for people affected by the huge fire around Bass Lake. This is not an appeal from Tish, but if you just happen to have any clothing that is just taking up space and you'd like to get rid of it, bring it along tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing you all.