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. 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 27, 2009

Portland: NW Region Triples and Singles

Next month, June 27th & 28th, Portland Pétanque Club will host the FPUSA NW regional triples and singles. Below are links to the registration forms, hotel accomodations and dinner reservations. Put together a team or play in the singles. It proves to be a fun event. Our own President, Christine Cragg will be among the competitors. We certainly wish her all the best!





Friday, May 22, 2009

Petanque Party at Michel-Schlumberger

If your idea idea of a great sport is one that requires you have a wine glass in one hand —then you'll fit right in where that’s the rule at Michel-Schlumberger Estate’s Petanque Party, which takes place Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The fête features the new Pétanque Wines, which include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and syrah; they will be sold at the winery only on this day.

In addition to standard outdoor pétanque, there will be an indoor version of the game and a bar-top version, too. If you are caught without a glass in your hand, you’ll be disqualified.

At 3 p.m., the First Annual Pétanque Wines Challenge will take place.

Admission to the party is $20 per person, which includes French music, beverages, baguette sandwiches and salads form Chloe’s in Santa Rosa and all the pétanque you can play.

For tickets, call 433-7427 or e-mail info@micheleschlumberger.com.

Michel-Schlumberger is located at 4155 Wine Creek Roadin Healdsburg.

More information about the winery can be found at michelschlumberger.com

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Boule D'Or Registration

Click on the image to enlarge it. Print, fill out, and mail!

La Boule D'Or 50th

La Boule d’Or” San Francisco

50th Anniversary 50th on May 30th and 31st 2009

Think about sending your Registration and payment for May 15 via regular mail. This allows us to be prepared to see you all for the Anniversary celebration of our Club on May 30th and 31st.

With the help of sponsors we will be able to have nice Prizes for each tournament! We thank them all!

SAMPLE: for May 30- Presidents Competition, Carrousel 2/2 open.

If we have 20 teams = 7 Prizes for the shooters

Be present at 9:30AM 7 Prizes for the pointers same amount!

Play starts 10:15Am + 1 coup for each first player

+ $570 total prize money

Saturday evening, after play: APERO, Merguez or Sausage furnished by the club, at the boule play ground.

Sample for May 31:- Competition A 2/2 select open + Consolante

Be present: 9Am 4 prizes for the main competition + 1 coup for the first players

Play starts : 10Am 4 prizes for the Consolante + 1 coup for the first players

$818 total prize money, if 20 teams present

Competition B 3/3 Melee open

7 prizes + coupes for the 1st team

$790 total prize money, if 20 teams present

Sunday evening, after play: APERO, at the Petanque courts.

Dinner at the Restaurant at Mr. Manuera, close by.

To observe: Have a good humor during this 2 days! Play the games with pleasure, fair play! A friendly welcome to all

Of you and your friends, it is “la Fete”!! All players will get a gift!

Take FULTON Street on the North side of the Park, driving west towards the Ocean, on

36th Ave. Turn left into the park, turn right at the next small street and find the courts opposite the dog training field.

For help call Jean’s Cell #650-483-0732

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fresno Pétanque

Some mighty interesting things are happening in Frenso these days. With due apologies to Phillipe at Pétanque America for purloining the video from his blog, it was only in the interest of enabling as many people as possible to see it.

To read their latest newsletter, and for more information about pétanque in Fresno, go to Fresno pétanque

Monday, May 4, 2009

LPM Tête á Tête

Saturday May 9 - Potluck Picnic
Registration ends at 10:00 a.m. All games start at 10:30 a.m.
Tête a Tête (Gender Specific). There will be separate male and female tournaments.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

FPUSA Northwest Regional Mixed Triples

Due to inclement weather, tomorrow's tournament in Rancho Cordova is postponed to a future date to be determined.

Details on the re-scheduling will be made available soon.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Best wishes,


Ed Porto

FPUSA National Sport Director

Sunday May 3, 2009

Align Center
ENTRY FEE PER TEAM $75.00 per Team. CLOSING DATE April 30, 2009


FPUSA Northwest Regional Mixed Triples
Mather Sports Center ~ Rancho Cordova, CA
Your payment and completed entry form must be received at the following address by the closing date shown above:
Club Français de Sacramento, P.O. Box 1767, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741
(Please make all checks payable to: Club Français de Sacramento)
Check-in: 8:00-8:30am. Competition begins promptly at 9:00am.
Entry Fee Includes: Coffee and croissants in the morning
Lunch menu of chicken, salad and cheese
Apéritif after the competition concludes
Questions? Contact: Kevin McGill at (916) 400-3685 or Reid Evans at (916) 362-0509
mcgillfam@gmail.com mrevans1@pacbell.net
Club Web Site: www.petanquesacramento.net

Requirements for Competition
1. New members must be registered with the FPUSA by the closing date shown above.
2. Members who renewed their 2009 memberships after February 3, 2009 are ineligible to play.
3. Pre-registration with full payment for this tournament is required by the closing date shown above.
4. All players must have a current Release of Liability Waiver on file with the FPUSA before participating.
Waiver forms will be available on-site and must be completed and signed, if necessary, prior to player check-in.
5. Every participant must bring their FPUSA membership card and may be asked to produce it by tournament staff.
6. Appropriate attire and competition-grade boules are required for all players.
7. Closed-toe shoes are required except for players providing a valid medical reason.