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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

La Boule D'Or Pétanque - San Francisco

November 2nd
Select Doubles - Open (2 men, 2 women or 1 man + 1 woman)
Sign in by - 9:00 AM
Start play - 10:00
Fee - $10.00 per player
5 games + consolante
cash prize and perpetual trophy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

3rd Annual Lamorinda Cup Breaking News...

Hello All,

Lafayette is holding their Art and Wine Festival this weekend so that means that Mount Diablo Boulevard will be closed between Dewing Avenue and Oak Hill Road. If you usually use Mt Diablo Blvd to to get to Moraga Road to get to our courts, rather take the Pleasant Hill exit.  Here is a Google map.

In case you didn't know, Hwy 37, from Infineon Raceway to Vallejo is closed this weekend for roadworks, so if you are coming from Sonoma, use the route through American Canyon.

A reminder:
  • Coffee and Croissants in the Morning
  • Registration closes at 9.00AM
  • Play begins at 9.30AM
  • Please bring your own Lunch
  • Apéritifs will be served after the Tournament
The entry fee is $40.00 per team and you can pay at registration
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Concours winners.
  • Cash Prizes in the Concours and Consolante. 
  • Cash Prizes in the optional Pointing and Shooting Contests at lunchtime - $5.00 entry for each contest.

Tish Harris is collecting clothing for people affected by the huge fire around Bass Lake. This is not an appeal from Tish, but if you just happen to have any clothing that is just taking up space and you'd like to get rid of it, bring it along tomorrow.

Looking forward to seeing you all.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Valley of the Moon Pétanque - Bastille Day Celebration

Valley of the Moon Pétanque Club's best-loved event is less than three weeks away- it's time to wave the Tricolor and sing the Marseillaise.  We welcome back Chef Christine Piccin who's prepared an uber-awesome menu and the pitch-perfect "Due Zighi Baci" accordionist and vocalist.

The menu this year feature's a slow-roasted garlic-mustard rubbed Leg of Lamb accompanied by roasted Red Bell Peppers & Fennel,  Summer Vegetable Tian, Fromage et Salade Verte and Apricot Tart w/caramel whipped cream (see attached flyer).  Reservations are required for lunch ($20 per person).  You may reserve online at www.vompc.org or leave word on the hotline at 707 343-9465.

For parties who wish to be guaranteed seating together, payment in advance is required.  Please use the attached form and return it to the address listed no later than July 10th.  This will insure that you sit together, but not necessarily an entire table (unless you are a party of 8 or more).  We have family style seating and you may have to share.  You are welcome to bring your own table and chairs.

We also ask that you bring your own plateware.  The washing station will be available.

The mixed triples tournament is $5 per person.  Registration ends at 10:00 am.  The courts are reserved for tournament players only.  If you wish to play casually, please contact the club prior to the tournament to make arrangements.

It should be another fabulous, festive celebration.  We hope to see you there:))

Shannon Bowman
Valley of the Moon Petanque Club

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lamorinda Pétanque - 2014 Qualifiers

The Lamorinda Petanque Club will be hosting both the

2014 FPUSA Men's and Women's National Triples Championships
on August 2 and 3, 2014 on their terrain at 480 St Marys Road in Lafayette, California. 

In addition to being National Championships, these are Qualification Tournaments:

The  Men's Triples Championship will determine the Official U.S. National Team for the 2015  F.I.P.J.P. Men’s World Confederations Cup Tournament which will be held in New Caledonia in late 2015.

The Women's Triples Championship will determine the Official U.S. National Team for the 2015 F.I.P.J.P. Women’s World Championship. The venue will be announced when details become available.

On Sunday, August 3 there will be a consolante tournament, the FPUSA Federation Cup Select Triples Tournament in which any licensed FPUSA member may participate. More details about this are contained under the menu heading above .

Our terrain will be open on Friday, so you can come on down and familiarise yourself with the pistes. Registration and start times for both Saturday and Sunday are contained in the Tournament forms.

You will get all the Forms, Rules and other information you need by visiting the 2014 FPUSA Men's and Women's National Triples Championships website. 

Please click this link to get there:

This link is also posted on the Landing Spot

If you have any questions, please call: 925 891 4756.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pétanque events in June

NorCal Inter-regional Mixed Triples, June 8th, Rancho Cordova CA
Hosted by Le Club Francais de Sacramento
Open to players from all regions.
Go here for entry forms


NorCal Regional Select Doubles, June 22nd,  Sonoma CA  
Hosted by the Valley of the Moon Petanque Club 
Open to NorCal players only. 
Go here for entry forms.

National Men's Singles, June 28th, Portland OR   
Hosted by the Portland Petanque Club
Go here for entry forms.  

National Women's Singles, June 28th, Portland OR, 
Hosted by the Portland Petanque Club
Go here for entry forms.

National Mixed Triples, June 29th, Portland OR, 
Hosted by the Portland Petanque Club
Go here for entry forms.

The Portland Petanque Club has released hospitality information.
You can find that here.
Directions to the club are here.
Download your Saturday dinner reservation form here

Valley of the Moon Pétanque - June Bug Jamboree

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pétanque events July

Northwest Inter-regional Mixed Doubles, July 26th, Edmonds, WA
Hosted by the Seattle Petanque Club
Open to FPUSA players from all regions.
 Go here for tourney info and entry forms.

Northwest Inter-regional Men's Doubles, July 27th, Edmonds, WA
Hosted by the Seattle Petanque Club
Open to FPUSA players from all regions.

Northwest Inter-regional Women's Doubles, July 27th, Edmonds, WA
Hosted by the Seattle Petanque Club
Open to FPUSA players from all regions.
Go here for tourney info and entry forms

Central Region FPUSA "Open" Singles, July 26th, Denver, CO
Hosted by the Mile High Petanque Club
Open to all FPUSA and non-FPUSA players.
Lessons and promotional activities. Entry forms and hospitality info coming soon.

Central Inter-regional Select Doubles, July 27th, Denver, CO
Hosted by the Mile High Petanque Club
Open to FPUSA players from all regions. 
Lessons and promotional activities. Entry forms and hospitality info coming soon.

And on August 2nd & 3rd...
Men's and Women's World Qualifiers, hosted by Lamorinda Petanque Club.
Entry forms, regulations and hospitality info coming soon.

Qualifiers are open to all FPUSA players with at least 90 days of membership. Other membership, residency and citizenship requirements apply. Please contact National Sport Director Ernesto Santos if you need these details. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Useful Links

Listed below are a few Petanque websites that you might find interesting and useful.  Please check them out -  with them you can hook up with partners, download Title tournament registration forms, or just keep up with what is going on with our favorite sport.
Etienne, Dan and many others have put long hours into creating these tools for us to use.  Please do see what they are all about.  If for some reason the link does not work, you can copy and paste the address into your browser and get there that way.

FPUSA Website

FPUSA Blog for the latest in news

Site for photos from FPUSA club events

Landing Spot - to look for tournament information and partner finder

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lamorinda Pétanque Club - Regional Men's Singles and Women's Singles

On Sunday, 18 May the Lamorinda Petanque Club will be hosting
two tournaments:

FPUSA NorCal Men's Inter-Regional Singles Tournament 


FPUSA NorCal Women's Inter-Regional Singles Tournament 

and a Google map of how to get there


We look forward to seeing you on our newly resurfaced pistes!

If you have any questions you can send an email
or contact Etienne on 925 891 4756

LPM - May 11, Select Doubles

Sunday, February 23, 2014

March 9 Commemorative Cup

La Pétanque Marinière  
California Commemorative Cup
Select Mixed Doublette
(1 man + 1 woman)

Concours – plus Consolante if 16 Teams or more

Sunday – March 9, 2014

Please remember the Time Change – set your clocks forward on Saturday night !

Registration closes @ 10 am sharp

Games begin:  10:30
entry fee $8.00 per person

1st Place – plaques + perpetual trophy
2nd Place - plaques 

Bring your own lunch 
Aperitifs served after tournament 

Verena 415-892-5034
Christine 415-302-5069

Monday, January 20, 2014

LPM - February Tournament

LPM's first competition of the new year will be on Sunday, February 9, 2014. 
Registration will CLOSE at 9:30 am and game will start at 10. 
Please, out of consideration for the people running the tournament and for your fellow players, 

The format will be melée triples, 2 men and woman.
Cash Prizes will be awarded.
It is suggested that you bring your own lunch.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

La Boule d'Or - San Francisco









LPM Calendar - 2014

Here is the LPM Calendar for 2014.  For easier consultation, it can also be found in the sidebar.