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 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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Letter from our President

Greetings Members and Friends of La Pétanque Marinière ,

As 2008 draws to an end I can not help but reflect on the months that have so quickly flown by.

We sadly bid farewell to our dear friends and valued club members,

Armand Squitieri and Bob Winkley. They remain with us, in our memories of the gentlemen that they were and in their family members who continue to play with us.

The future of our terrain is still unknown. The County is committed to moving forward with the building and there is nothing definite on a site for relocation of our courts. The petition for protective rezoning of the parcel failed after too many signatures were disqualified for a variety of reasons. A committee of Board members remains in ongoing communications with county officials and we will give updates as agreements are made.

I would like to thank the LPM Board for the many hours of hard work they have so generously given to the club. Also, many thanks to those members who are not on the Board but willingly help with cleaning of the courts before tournaments or with preparation of the food during the tournaments. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

The annual Business Meeting will be held Nov 15th, 6 PM, at Villa Marin in San Rafael. The event is free to members and $5.00 for non-members. Reservations must be made by Nov. 13. Contact Alain Efron 415-479-5820 or

LPM 2009 dues are as follow: $30.00 adult / $10.00 junior (under 18) / $20.00 associate member. Dues must be received by Jan. 15th or a $5.00 late fee will apply. Make your check payable to LPM and send to Alain Efron, 23 Windstone DR., San Rafael, CA 94903. Or you could save the cost of a stamp and avoid the possible late fee by paying your dues at the Business Meeting. I hope to see you there.


Christine Cragg
LPM President

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