Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Challenge Robert Pierre at NYPC

Dear NYPC members and friends,

We are extremely excited to welcome World Champion Dylan Rocher during our Challenge Robert Pierre on August 25 & 26 2012 !!!

The tournament format will be a select doubles and is limited to 32 teams. There will be $1,000 to the winners and the entrance fee of $100 per team will include breakfast and lunch for both days.

Please print, fill out and mail out the entry form attached and confirm your registration after mailing out at

See you there!

Thierry NYPC

How To Get There: from Union Square in Manhattan, take the Q and exit at Church Ave in Brooklyn and walk along the baseball/football fields => see the map for the 32 min commute!

What: Challenge Robert Pierre Select Doubles with World Champion Venue Dylan Rocher

When: August 25 & 26, 2012 Game starts at 9;30 AM

Registration Fee: In Advance ONLY, $100 per team, Max 32 teams (includes breakfast/lunch both days)

Prizes: $1,000 to the winners + Many prizes



Disclaimer: Your registration for the tournament will be valid ONLY when you have received a confirmation back from us. (NYPC)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News from FPUSA's NW mixed doubles event

Event report from Lamorinda’s Etienne Rijkheer
(Check back soon for photos)

The Lamorinda Petanque Club hosted the FPUSA Northwest  Regional Mixed Doubles Tournament in Lafayette, CA. on May 20. 

Results and prizes:

Gold: ($156.00)          Mickey Coughlin and Nicole Coughlin (both Redwood Empire Boules Club) 
Silver: ($104.00)        Narin Garrett and Peter Mathis (both Valley of the Moon Petanque Club)
Bronze:($78.00)          Holly Sammons and Peter Wellington (both Valley of the Moon)
4th Place:($52.00)       Barbara Hall and Gilles Karpowicz (both Valley of the Moon)  

1st Place:($62.00)      Alain Gusella (la Boule d'Or) and Eva Lofaro (La Petanque Mariniere)
2nd Place:($40.00)    Jean Claude Bunand and Josseline Krauer (both la Boule d'Or)
3rd Place:($26.00)     Joe laTorre (Valley of the Moon) and Maggie Lane (Petaluma Valley Club)

Antoine Lofaro (National Umpire) was our arbitre on the day.
The Tournament was run according to FPUSA 1-Day Tournament Guidelines. 

There were 22 teams from  7 NW Regional clubs. 
Valley of the Moon PC - 14 players; 
Club Francaise de Sacramento - 8 players;
Petaluma Petanque Club - 6 players;
Lamorinda Petanque Club - 5 players; 
Redwood Empire Boules Club - 4 players; 
La Petanque Mariniere - 4 players; 
la Boule d'Or - 3 players

It is interesting to note that eight of the teams were made up of players from different clubs.

There were 3 randomly paired games to 11 points in the morning, then single elimination Concours and Consolante brackets in the afternoon.

The games started at 9:40 minus Gilles Karpowicz who got caught up in the Zazzle Bay to Breakers traffic madness in San Francisco. He had called ahead to say that he was going to be late and fortunately he arrived just in time to avoid time penalties.

The Concours final game started at 5:05 in the afternoon followed shortly at 5:16 by a rare annular eclipse that brought on twilight much faster than usual. The game ended just as the eclipse reached totality at 6:33 pm. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

National Mixed Triples & Singles results

The Fresno Petanque Club hosted 26 Mixed Triples teams and 50 Singles players (30 men, 20 women) on Saturday and Sunday April 27-28 in fine style. It was a great weekend of petanque with players from around California. Sprinkled in were players from Illinois, Oregon and New York.

Mixed Triples medalists:

GOLD: Colette van der Meulen, David Riffo (La Petanque Mariniere), Frank Pipal (Valley of the Moon)
SILVER: Thomas Moua, Jer Thao, Chue Thao (Fresno)
BRONZE: Diana Jacobs, Artem Zuev (Los Angeles), Ed Porto (Petaluma)

Men's Singles medalists

GOLD: By Vang (Fresno)
SILVER: Artem Zuev  (Los Angeles)
BRONZE: Jer Thao  (Fresno)

Women's Singles medalists

GOLD: Nicole Coughlin (Redwood Empire)
SILVER: Karen Petryna (Fresno)
BRONZE: Barbara Howard (Redwood Empire)

Thanks to all the volunteers at the FPC for their generous hospitality and superb organization!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Mesdames & Monsieurs! The Redwood Empire Boules Club is pleased to invite you to celebrate the coming of summer and enjoy what promises to be a memorable weekend of boules and camaraderie. We are proud to host the FPUSA 2012 Northwest Regional Men’s and Women’s Doubles Tournament on Sunday, June 24th, in Fort Bragg, a charming seacoast town located 150 miles north of San Francisco on California’s beautiful Mendocino Coast.
But wait—there’s more! Come early and play in the first annual Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open on Saturday, June 23rd. This event will be a select doubles format, co-hosted by the REBC and the Noyo YoYos, the fun, slightly rag-tag Mendocino Coast club. Note the late start time for those who drive up Saturday morning.
If you need a partner for either tournament, try our new Partner-Find, by clicking:    

Tournament Details
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 23–24, 2012
L o c at i o n : 300 S. Lincoln, C.V. Starr Community Center, Fort Bragg Contacts:
Mickey Coughlin, R E B C President, 707-972-1917,
Dan Feaster, R E B C Vice President, 707-367-3357,
Johanna Jensen, Noyo YoYo & Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open Chair, 707-964-8163, Website:
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Saturday June 23rd
Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open Select Doubles Tournament
Entry fee: $10 player / $20 team
Registration Closes: Thursday, June 21st
Who can play: This is an open which means players need not belong to a pétanque club (anyonecan play); and while competition-grade boules are preferred, they are not required. The format is select doubles, which means the team can be any combination of age and gender.
Prizes: Cash! As well as, Mendocino County wine for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners; raffle chances for everyone to win a 2-night stay at a local inn, Mendocino wines, art and more.
Check-In: Ends at 11:30 am; games start at 12:00 pm sharp.
Food and libations: Due to the late start, there will be no lunch break. Players are responsible for their own lunch. Water will be provided; soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Post-tournament: Awards and Skip Wollenberg remembrance celebration.
Sunday, June 24th
FPUSA Northwest Regional Men’s and Women’s Doubles Tournament
Entry Fee: $25 player / $50 team (fee reflects $15 per player registration plus $10 for lunch)
Registration Closes: Thursday, June 21st

Who can play: This is an FPUSA-sanctioned event. Players must hold a current FPUSA license. The format is men’s doubles and women’s doubles. *Competition-grade boules are required.
P r i z e s : Cash and medals; also Mendocino County wine for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners; raffle chances for everyone to win Mendocino wines, art and more.
Check-in: Ends at 9:00 am; games start at 9:30 am sharp
Food and libations: Water, coffee, fruit, morning pastries, and lunch provided by your hosts; soft drinks and snacks available for purchase throughout the day.
**Eligibility: Newer players who have never been a member of an FPUSA-affiliated club have the option of joining by the registration deadline, and would be eligible to play in the Regional on Sunday, June 24th. FPUSA members who have not yet renewed for 2012 must do so by May 25th to be eligible to play in the Regional.
**Both tournaments will be played according to FPUSA rules. Please see registration form.

Lodging & Travel
You will find all the information you need for your visit to Fort Bragg, California, at:; for all of Mendocino County, including Fort Bragg, your travel website will be: This is peak- season on the Mendocino Coast; inns, motels, B&Bs and campgrounds often sell-out so make your reservation soon. Your hosts recommend these Fort Bragg lodging options:
Harbor Lite Lodge: Overlooking the mouth of the Noyo River and Noyo Harbor, this popular hotel offers view and non-view rooms and a variety of attractive package options.
Beachcomber Motel: Ocean-front motel, 72 rooms, includes private hot tub suites with fireplaces and gorgeous ocean views.
Colombi Motel: Built in 1955, this family owned motel is clean, quiet and affordable.

The Country Inn: A charming 1890s redwood house beautifully and thoughtfully renovated for comfort and enjoyment.
Pomo RV Park and Campground: For those who wish to bring a motor home, or car-camp, the Pomo is conveniently located one mile south of Fort Bragg on Highway 1.
Getting Here
By Automobile
From San Francisco via Highway 101
163 miles 31⁄2 hours
Head north on the Golden Gate Bridge, continue north for approximately 112 miles to Cloverdale, where you have two choices...
The Anderson Valley route: Highway 128 West from Cloverdale takes you through Anderson Valley’s wine country. When you reach Highway 1 at the mouth of the Navarro River go North to the North Mendocino Coast and Fort Bragg.
The Willits/Highway 20 route: Stay on 101 north to Willits and turn west on Highway 20. This route takes you to Fort Bragg, through Coastal Redwoods .
From San Francisco via Highway 1 (The scenic coastal route)
175 miles • 43⁄4 hours
One of California’s most stunning seaside drives follows Highway 1 along the Sonoma and Mendocino coastlines. This is a longer drive up than Highway 101 to Mendocino County, but it’s well worth the time. Head north on the Golden Gate Bridge and cut over to Highway 1 from Highway 101 at any of several locations. You could take the Highway 1 West/Muir Woods exit in Marin County. Or take the “River Road” west off of 101 just north of Santa Rosa to drive along the lower reaches of the Russian River. When you reach the Sonoma Coast, turn north to reach Fort Bragg and the North Mendocino Coast.
From Sacramento
189 miles • 41⁄4 hours
Take Highway 5 north to Williams, then Highway 20 west to Highway 101. Take Highway 101 to Willits, then take Highway 20 west again to continue to Fort Bragg and the North Mendocino Coast.
From Humboldt County & North
Take US 101 south to State Rte 1 (at Leggett). Take State Rte 1 south, until it becomes Main Street in Fort Bragg.
From Gold Country (Redding, Chico, Yuba City)
From Redding, Chico and surrounding communities, travel US Highway 5 south, and turn west on Highway 20, which takes you to Fort Bragg and the North Mendocino Coast. From Yuba City take Highway 20 west to Fort Bragg.
By Air
There are 4 options; the closest airport is the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, a 21⁄2 hour drive from Fort Bragg. This is a small airport, easy to navigate but limited in flights and carriers. Other options include: San Francisco International, Sacramento International and Oakland International. Driving time to Fort Bragg from these airports is between 4–5 hours in normal traffic.
Fort Bragg enjoys a coastal Mediterranean climate—the weather is temperate even in June. The average high temperature in June is 62 degrees – the average low is 48.
What to Bring
  • Sweater/Jacket—you are coming to the Northern California coast, it gets chilly! 
  • Binoculars—there is SO much to see 
  • Camera 
  • Motion sickness medicine if you get car sick; getting here involves some twisty roads
    If you forget any of these items, don’t fret - you can buy them locally in Fort Bragg.

  • Planning Your Stay 
  • There’s so much to do and see in Mendocino County, a couple days just won’t be enough. www.VisitMendocino. com and are useful resources to help you plan an exceptional Fort Bragg and Mendocino County getaway.

  • Where to Play Petanque in Mendocino County
    There are pétanque courts open to players throughout the county. The attached maps show the location of courts in both the city of Fort Bragg and around the county. 

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Dallas Petanque Club's "LaFont Memorial Tournament"!

While the Dallas Petanque Club is one of FPUSA's newest clubs, its ranks include experienced boulistes, including Pascal Corchia, member of the team going to the World Championships in Marseille later this year.

We thank Nicolas Taquet, club president, for providing us with this history of the club and the origins of the La Font Memorial Tournament.

"In the early 70s, Jean LaFont worked at the Rainbow Room in New York and Earnie’s in San Francisco prior to coming to Dallas to oversee restaurants that included Arthur’s, Old Warsaw, Les Saisons, and Mario’s. LaFont eventually moved to the Pyramid Room of the Fairmont Hotel and never-to-be-forgotten Oz in 1974. Until late 2011, LaFont continued to cook, consult, or both with many restaurants.

Besides being one of the finest and most influential chefs in Dallas he was also an exceptional Petanque player. 40 years ago he brought with him several sets of Petanque boules (some from his grand-father) to initiate his workers and play with his friends. The Petanque group of Dallas played at various locations around Dallas and a group of friends kept the game alive over the years. In May 2011, the City of Farmers Branch Park and Recreation built a large Petanque court with lights and benches under the tree shade. Having for the first time a devoted place to play, the Dallas Petanque Club was founded with the Federation of Petanque of USA in September 2011 with 12 members. The Club lost his dear member Jean LaFont early 2012 but a LaFont Memorial Petanque Tournament will remain.

On May 6, 2012 the first LaFont Memorial Petanque Tournament was held with 11 teams of doubles in Farmers Branch, TX. We were honored by the presence of several players from San Antonio, TX and Austin, TX."

Eleven teams of doubles at the opening of the tournament.

Seven very nice courts greet the players.
 The winners of the La Font Memorial Tournament.
Tournament winners: (From left to right)
Silver: Michel Costa and Nicolas Bienvenu
Gold: Pascal Corchia and Richard Fernandez
Bronze: Cesar Maksoud and William Baker

All of us wish the club great success and growth!