August 29, 2009

Tournament updates

From now on until the tournament, there will be regular updates for the registered teams.
If you haven't registered yet, but would like to receive them to stay informed, email us at:

Circular # 1 - Aug 29 (PDF)

Who's coming??

Update 10/02
It went very fast this week. We're at 74 teams, including a few single players we're working on matching up with others.

Update 9/23
45 teams, and another state: CO

Update 9/17
Just got a call from Canada. Several teams are "warming up" for the tournament.

Update 09/16
36 teams, and two more states: SC & ME

Update 09/10

We're now at 32 teams, including CT.

Update 09/04:
One more state this week: MA

As of today, 11 weeks before the tournament, 25 teams have already registered. Representing a total of 11 states (see map). Only 39 to go!

We're planning to limit the tournament to 80 teams, so please register as soon as possible.

August 13, 2009

Maine Open - Sep 12/13

In Blue Hill, Maine: an Open Doubles (Sep 12) and Triples (Sep 13).
Open to all. No license required.
$12 p.p. per tournament.
All $'s go to prizes.

Further info and registration:
contact Andre Strong at andrelstrong(at)

The invitation came with this photo of Mark holding a zucchini. An inside joke of the Blue Hill players? By the way, there will be a lobster dinner!

Portland petanque in the news

The Oregonian did a feature on petanque again.
Good to see the next generation of Agnesses at play!

How to play pétanque - Aug 12

August 12, 2009

Open - lodging - group rates

Group rates for the tournament:

Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Downtown
Right at the riverfront where we'll play.
Includes hot breakfast & free internet.
122 rooms & suites
Rooms $109, suites $129 on Nov 13/14/15
Reserve online or by phone, and use group code "PAG".

Amelia Hotel at the Beach
At the beach at the corner of Sadler & Fletcher.
Includes hot breakfast & free internet.
Microwave and mini fridge.
Standard room: 1 king or 2 doubles $69.
Mention "Petanque Tournament".

Residence Inn by Marriott
Brand new (opened Aug 27), walking distance from the beach on Sadler.
Includes hot breakfast, full kitchen, internet & free shuttle to downtown.
Suite $99, Double Queen Suite $129, Double Bed + double bathroom $ 149. Group codes are resp. PETPETA, PETPETB & PETPETC.

Beachside Motel
A traditional beachside motel on the ocean. All rooms have two queen beds. Some have a fridge and microwave.
Check the website for best available rates.
Right across from the famous Surf Restaurant.

Fresno Fig Fest

Fresno Petanque Club was present in full force at the annual celebration of figs, and healthy food in general.

Of the 1000 attendees, FPC grabbed 350 (yes, 350) for a petanque primer. How's that for community outreach?
Of course, that was only possible with the help of over 20 volunteer trainers.

Here they are:

If you've missed it, here's FPC's latest newsletter . As usual full of interesting tidbits.

Carreau on a cake

Nancy at National Capital Club in Washington DC made sure players wouldn't run out of energy at their August 1 tournament.
And partner Joël won the mêlée together with Gigi from Richmond VA.

We expect a solid delegation from both clubs at the Open in Amelia.
Can't wait to meet them all.

Nancy, bring cake!


Who'd have thought someone would come up with an Ipod app for pétanque!

You take a picture of the boules layout, and then center a circle with adjustable radius on the target ball. The first boule to touch the circle is closest. Very simple.

Available for $0.99 here: BoulOmetre Petanque
Of course it only works with Ipod software.

It reminds me of "Le Juge" a magnifying glass contraption with circles we sold 9 years ago. It worked quite well, but the supplier went out of business.

Thanks to Ken of Petanque Marinière for "pointing" it out!

New York Tournament

NYPC is hosting their first tournament on the new boulodrome in Brooklyn.

Saturday August 22.

FREE and OPEN to all. Click on the poster --->

For more info: