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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pétanque USA

To all Pétanque Club Presidents &Tournament Organizers,
In an effort to facilitate the communication for Pétanque Tournaments taking place nationwide the Petanqueusa.com has been created. 
You will be able to post and publish infos regarding your upcoming tournaments and also post winners/results of said tournaments
If you are a Pétanque Club President or a Tournament Organizer and you would like to post infos about Upcoming Tournaments or Past Results, feel free to  contact me at: petanqueusanews@gmail.com  

Thank you in advance for your participation
Stephan Soilleux
Pétanque Enthusiast


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FPUSA National Mixed Doubles in Sonoma

The Valley of the Moon Petanque Club is honored to be hosting the FPUSA National Mixed Doubles, Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles on the weekend of May 18th and 19th.  Should you or someone you know be considering attending, please be aware that it is advisable to reserve your lodging now.  Hotels are booking up quickly.  Attached please find recommended lodging in Sonoma, Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Napa. 

Several of our club members have graciously offered a guest room in their homes.  If this is of interest to you, please contact me directly.  Shannon Bowman, President, VOMPC
We hope to have a true National tournament and have many teams from the entire United States.  We will be sending out a more detailed program within the month. 

Ensenada, BCN, Mexico Pétanque Open

Lunes de Petank, Ensenada, Baja California Norte's Pétanque Club invites one and all to their 6th annual open competition, May 18-19, 2013. For more information see them on Facebook

Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 George Pipal Memorial Tournament

Sacramento Hmong Pétanque Group

LPM Cleanup Day

Hi All,
As anyone who has been to the LPM Courts lately knows, our grass is growing heartily!  And, since lawn is the one surface on which we do not play petanque, then as you will surmise, it must be removed.
Claudie and I will be at the courts this coming Wednesday, February 13, with a couple of hired workers who will be doing much of the heavier work. 
But many hands make for light work and it would be great if some of you could give even a little time to the project. 
Any time between 10:00 - Noon - we will likely go later, but for sure, we will be there until 1PM. 
If you have a rake, please bring it.  If you do not, bring your gloves and we will provide a rake.
Thanks in advance, for any help you might be able to contribute.
And thanks to those who came to play in our first tournament of the season.  It was a beautiful day and lots of fun!

Heart of Texas Pétanque

Rocky Mountain....Boules?

Colorado is hosting its first open doubles pétanque tournament at Cesar Chavez Park on Saturday, May 4th! What team will win Colorado's 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Open Doubles Tournament?

 A $20 dollar per person entry registration fee ($40 per team.*) will be used towards prize payouts. Tournament entry fees will be split between the top winners.

 Cesar Chavez Park is located at Tennyson St. and West 41st Avenue in the Highlands area of Denver. The area is surrounded by a variety of eclectic shops, bars, and restaurants. Our award ceremony will be held just up the street at Tyg-Art & Wine at 4267 Tennyson St. #A, Denver, CO 80212.

 We will be conducting the tournament according to the Swiss Scoring System. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time), games will begin at 9 a.m. or sooner. Morning games will determine seeding for a single-elimination tournament in the afternoon. In order to ensure we have the space to get all games in by lunchtime, please confirm participation by Friday, April 26th.

 More details to follow.

 *Registration fee may vary if additional funds for park use are required.

Mile High Pétanque can be found on Facebook

P'TIT Louis Bistro OPEN


 OPEN 2013
Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29


New Mexico’s first international open pétanque tournament
will be hosted by Rio Rancho Oktoberfest 2013!
Players from around the world will compete for
$5500 in cash prizes!

CONCOUR: 1st place $2000, 2nd place $1000, 3rd and 4th places $500

  CONSOLANTE: 1st place $800, 2nd place $400, 3rd and 4th places $150
For more information, click here.

Los Angeles Petanque Club Select Doublette in San Pedro

Lake Sonoma Tournament

The Lake Tournament, akThe George Pipal Memorial...

True to form, this event is being planned, confirmed, and announced on a somewhat last-minute basis. Tradition is strong.

As of this writing, the tentative and almost firm date is Sunday, February 16th. Please make a mental note and prepare to convert that to a calendar notation within the next day or so.

This has been played at a variety of locations over the years, the most recent being a beautiful overlook parking lot at Lake Sonoma. In all likelihood, that will be the case for 2013. It is a fun day of boules and pot luck food--relatively low-key in preparation for the tournament season. We will put out a short history with the "official" announcement. Stay Tuned.


Dan Feaster & Nan Walter, braved the winter cold and horrendous traffic on Hwy 1/101 to make the drive to Williams, OR in order to experience the "Winter Tournament" held by the Rogue Bouligans Petanque Club. A great time was had during the pre-tournament warmup play on the Friday evening preceding the Saturday event, and the tournament itself was a blast. Here's a link to the Bouligan's FPUSA SmugMug page, with two sets of photos. By the way, Nan's team won. 

Pics from the Rogue BouligansPics from the Rogue Bouligans "Winter Tournament"

FPUSA SW Regional "65 Over/Under" Doubles

Please note that this is a SW regional. NW players are not eligible.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FPUSA SE Regional Double Winners

The winners of the FPUSA S.E. Regional Doubles are:
 L/R: Second Place: Marieke & John Rolland, (Boca Petanque)
 Third Place: Aaron Kianofsky and Jo Ella Manalan, (Boca/SFPC)
 Champions: Roger Arpaia and Frederic Penaranda, (Ohlala Petanque)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Christine Chourré-McNamee

La Pétanque Marinière sadly announces the passing of Christine Chourré-McNamee, the daughter of our club's long-time members, Jean and Claudie Chourré. Christine left us suddenly at her home at the young age of fifty-one.

A Rosary and a Memorial Mass will be held for Christine McNamee-Chourré at the following location:
St Isabella Parish
1 Trinity Way  
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-1560
Tuesday, February 5
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6
11:00 am
All are welcome