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, May 23, 2012

Petaluma Valley Pétanque Club


Where's The Beef? - VOMPC

This tournament is a hoot!   Last year was great fun as players were subjected to all sorts of peculiar petanquing.  The VOMPC chits are given out as deemed necessary by the roving officials.  If your team is seriously lacking in points, you may be given a "carreau card" that allows you to replace a pesky opponent's boule with your own.  Or an "ass-backwards card" that forces an opponent of your chosing to play facing in the opposite direction.  Particular attention is paid to whiners and poor sports, which is seriously frowned upon.

Please note we are starting a little later than usual with registration ending at 10:30 am.  Tournament play begins @ 11:00 am and the cost is $5 per person. The fabulous vegetarian lunch (in honor of veggie director Peter Wellington) will be prepared by Chefs Narin Garrett and Ryan Tatarian.  Appetizers, Primavera Pasta, Tossed Salad and Bread Pudding Dessert paired with a glass of Wellington wine is only $10.  Reservations are required for lunch so please call the hotline @ 707-343-9465 or register online at www.vompc.org.  

We hope to see everyone there in good spirits!

Boule on!

Valley of the Moon Petanque Club

Friday, May 11, 2012

Club Français de Sacramento

Hi all, 


It's time to get your teams together and register for the FPUSA Northwest Regionals - Select Triples on Sunday June 3rd. 


Please note that the closing date is May 31 @ 5PM. 
If you cant mail your registration in please email me @ mcgillfam@gmail.com. or call me @ 916 233 8327 .




Thank you  hope to see you there

Kevin McGill
Director of Petanque
Club Francais de Sacramento

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Redwood Empire Boules Club

Hi all

Beat the heat and join us for a great weekend of petanque on the coast! Mark the weekend of June 23-24 on you calendar.

The REBC will host the 2012 Northwest Regional Men's and Women's Doubles on Sunday, June 24th, in Fort Bragg. This will be the first tournament at our new facility, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the competition.

We invite everyone to make it a fun and relaxing weekend on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. As an enticement, we have scheduled the first annual Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open for Saturday, June 23rd. This will be a select format, so you can play with your partner for the regional, or a different partner if you like.

We are also introducing a feature that is in development, which we hope to make available for all tournaments through the FPUSA. We are calling it the "Petanque Partner Finder" for now. It is designed to help players who are looking for team partners do so easily and efficiently. Etienne Rijkheer of the Lamorinda club has done a great job developing the application. You will find a link to the "PPF" in the attached invitation, and on our website: www.redwoodempireboules.com. Even if you don't need to use it for this tournament, please take a look and give us feedback.

The attachment has a description of the events, travel and lodging information, maps, and the entry forms for each event. Everything you need to know is there. Please save the date and plan to come.

Best regards

Mickey Coughlin
President, REBC

Saturday, May 5, 2012

John Rolland Boca Tournament


Los Angeles/Topanga Canyon Event


Dear petanqueurs friends,



Please come to play at the exciting open doublette (2 players) petanque event in Los Angeles California.

WHERE: The tournament will take place in a fantastic location resembling Provence in Topanga Canon, a still”rural” area of Los Angeles. A charming bar restaurant is readily accessible from the court surrounded by the verdant vegetation of the canyon. Froggy’s is just a couple of miles from the Pacific Ocean and Malibu



The tournament is a doublette tournament open to anyone, a true open tournament.

The participation is $100 per team.
Team that have lost will be able to buy back (reenter the tournament) twice for a $40 extra fee each time they want to reenter (2 buy back maximum).Buy back are only possible before the quarter finals.

PRICES are $1500 + some of the entry fees depending of the participation.

DATE: 06/09/2012- tournament starts at 10:30 am-Inscriptions are open until 10 am.

LOCATION: Froggy's Topanga Fish Market Restaurant
1105 N Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290

ORGANIZERS AND CONTACTS: JEANNOT ZANELLA  818 259-1218
                                                         FELIX LEGRAND       310 339 5945
Feel also free to email at grouveyrol@sbcglobal.net if you have questions.

The tournament is organized outside of the FPUSA

tir au fer / carreau

Friday, May 4, 2012

LPM - Men's & Women's Tête a Tête


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tête a Tête

Men’s Tournament / Women’s Tournament

                           Tournament Fee $7.00

Tournament Registration ends @ 9:30
Games begin @ 10:00

Cash Prizes
Three places in each tournament

(Bring your own lunch)

Note:  There is a foot race being held on the Civic Center Campus that morning. Parking will be difficult!  Please allow time for this complication.


Registration cut off and tournament start up times will be honored.

Be on Time!


For up-to-date-tournament information
Dave’s cell (707) 373-4539