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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Third-Annual Interclub Tournament

November 8, 2009

hosted by La Pétanque Marinière

at Pierre Josque Courts, San Rafael

To register, contact Alain Efron by Friday, November 6
email: lutecemeister@gmail.com or phone: 415-479-5820


Pre-registration is required for this event.

Tournament details

On-site PRE-REGISTERED PLAYER CHECK IN ends: 9:30 / Games start: 10:00

Registration fee $3.00 per player

No Cash Prize

Club Name and Winning Team will be engraved on Tournament Trophy

Winning team will be awarded individual plaques


Tournament Format


3 Qualification Games in doublettes with random paring of members of the same club.

Within each club, players will be ranked according to number of wins and number of points.

Clubs will then be given a ranking by adding the number of wins and number of points of their 8 best ranked players.

Final Championship - Triplette to 15 points

The clubs ranking 1 & 2 will play a Final Championship round by opposing their 3 best ranking players in a – 15 point final round.

In the event of:

* Two clubs ranking equal for second place, the club having the larger number of players enrolled in the tournament wins second place and plays in the finals.

* Two players of a given club who rank equal for third place, the tournament director will choose randomly between these two players by a coin toss.


LPM Members,
Join us in helping Marin take back the trophy!
Sign up soon to make sure you can get a spot in the tournament!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

FPUSA 2009 NW Regional Doubles

La Boule d'Or - October 4, 2009

It was a beautiful day in Golden Gate Park as a small but enthusiastic group gathered to compete in this years FPUSA NW Regional Doubles competition. I had the pleasure of playing with my sister, Donna Klaiber, a member of Club Francais de Sacramento. We were the first to arrive - after Joss and John Krauer who, of course, were already busy setting up for the day. As players arrived and coffee and cake were consumed, the team numbers were pulled and the tournament soon began.

With ten teams playing three qualifying games before lunch, Donna and I were happy to get 12, 11 & 9 points, against the fine players that we were paired against. As the day progressed, the wind picked up a bit, but the sun held and soon lunch was over and the afternoon games began. I was busy trying to win - so I can't give you any specific game details - but I can give the final results.

Second Place Consolante: Jacques Avedissian and Richard Prydz
(they took off before our camera came out)
First Place Consolante:
Joss Krauer and Jean-Claude Bunnand
In the Concours:
Third Place: Alain Gusella and Yvette Ghione
(Alain accepting for the team)
Second Place:
Louis Toulon and Ed Porto
With First Place n the FPUSA NW Regional Doubles
going to
Antoine Lofaro and John Krauer.







To John, Joss and the members of La Boule d'Or,
many thanks for a great day!

Christine Cragg