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, July 29, 2009

The Art Of Pétanque

Fellow Pétanque Players,

I would like to inform you about the new “Art of Pétanque” blog on petanque that is quickly gaining popularity. You can find it by going to www.artofpetanque.com.

This blog will cover aspects of technique, strategy, tournament play and preparation, training, and idiosyncratic aspects of petanque that come up as more and more users comment and request certain topics to be covered in greater depth. The goal is to spread the knowledge of the game to as many novice as well as advanced players as possible. More experienced players will enjoy the blog as advanced techniques, mental and psychological aspects of the game are explored in great depth.

I encourage you to visit the site and join the blog either by entering your email address on the right side to receive live updates, or you may choose to follow the blog by signing in with your Google, Yahoo, or AIM accounts.


Artem Zuev



Saturday, July 25, 2009


Dear Pétanque Club Presidents and Players,

We would like to remind you that LaMoRinda Pétanque Club will be hosting the FPUSA National Doubles
Championships, July 25-26 2009.

This will be a fun and challenging two-day tournament in a lovely
setting at the Lamorinda Pear Orchard Pétanque Courts in Lafayette, California. The tournament includes mixed doubles, women’s doubles and men’s doubles.
Please find the enclosed entry forms, dinner reservation form, directions to the courts and lodging information.
We anticipate a large attendance and look forward to hosting you at the tournament and the dinner.

Best wishes,

Mary Albright, President,
Lamorinda Pétanque Club,
Vice- President, FPUSA.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What's the SCORE?

The SCORE is FPUSA's Newsletter. This issue pertains to any and all matters regarding our wonderful women players. Up until recently, women have been somewhat out of the "circle" so to speak, but as the title of Christine's article says, "The times, they are a changin." It looks like all the folks at THE SCORE have achieved a perfect 13-0 with their efforts on this latest issue.
To read the latest click on THE SCORE.
Also in the news of women boulistes is the new forum for women who play pétanque. For further information, please contact Christine Cragg at LeCochonnetRose@gmail.com

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Sunday July 19

Registration ends at 10:00 a.m. All games start at 10:30 a.m.
Format to be determined. Entry fee: $7.00/person
Potluck lunch. Bring something to share with your fellow members.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

VOMPC-Bastille Day

Valley of the Moon Pétanque Club will hold its annual Bastille Day "Grand Concours de Pétanque" event, sponsored by Ravenswood Winery, this Sunday, July 12, starting at 10 a.m. at the Henri Maysonnave Memorial Courts in Sonoma's Depot Park. Sign-ins begin at 9:30 a.m. and the random pétanque team-play fee is $6 a player, with the picnic and wine cost is $20 a person. To make reservations for the Bastille Day Grand Concours lunch, or for more information about this and other VOMPC events, call 258-3450 or visit www.vompc.org.