The calibre of competitors, which includes former World Champion Claudy Weibel from Belgium and a range of Celebrity Chefs, validates this event as a welcome addition to the tourism palate of our island.
SearchAmelia filmed the first round of lessons at Florida’s oldest pub – the Palace Saloon – in preparation of the 160 player strong First Amelia Island Open Petanque America tournament on November 14-15. Every Tuesday from 5-7pm, Philippe and his staff plan to give lessons and tips about how to play the Petanque game.
The original idea was to train some local teams to participate in the tournament, but national and international registration has been so overwhelming that the organizer, Petanque America, had to close registration last Friday. Philippe explains that in order to stay ahead of time and schedules, a tournament needs to allow for enough courts.
With 160 players registered in the tournament, logistics dictate that 80 teams in a sort of round robin need 40 courts to start. A court is typically 10 x 30ft, so when the city decided to actively back his request for a location, the logical location being the downtown boatyard, the limitations for the tournament were set. The boatyard parking allows for such a number of courts. A commendable decision by the city as we can see already the important impact this tournament is promising to become with participants flying in from as far away as the East African (former French Colony) island nation of Madagascar, Europe and the Americas.
Also the calibre of competitors, which includes former World Champion and current European champion Claudy Weibel from Belgium and a range of Celebrity Chefs, validates that this event is going to be a very welcome addition to the tourism palate of our island. The next undertaking Phillipe is contemplating is to start a local Petanque league. So go out on Tuesday evening to the grounds next to the new Philly Boyz cheese steak restaurant behind the Palace Saloon. It is a fun game.