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Bastille Day at La Maison Blanche – The Petanque Challenge

Submitted by on July 15, 2011 – 9:08 amNo Comment
Alistair MacLean

Alistair MacLean

Bastille Day arrived early on Shelter Island at La Maison Blanche with great panache: cold Gosset Champagne, hot Petanque players, a dash of French bistro fare and a pinch of ooh la la.

Raising money for the Shelter Island Lions Club, the Petanque Tournament was hosted by partners Alistair MacLean and John Sieni of La Maison Blanche, the new chic boutique hotel and restaurant (see our article).  Sponsored by Lillet, Gosset Champagne, and Ricard, the celebratory afternoon may have looked all fun and games on the outside, but this was serious sport.

Erica, Marin, and Alex

Erica, Marin, and Alex

In Petanque the seasoned players each have their own secret weapons.  You will notice different techniques from the statue of liberty throw to the crouching tiger pose to the bowing waiter toss.

The Waiter's Bow Toss

The Bowing Waiter Toss

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Statue of Liberty Toss

The Statue of Liberty Toss

 

Petanque crouching tiger

The Crouching Tiger pose

 

The team from Sunset Beach emerged victorious but not before serious battle was waged between the teams with referee calls, millimeter ball measurements, and a few choice words in French which we only partly understood.

Our thanks to bartender Erica who stepped in to help us on the girls team where we lost our Petanque virginity with a modicum of dignity.  The trick is that you not only have to have the concentration to toss the ball close to the “cochonnet” but then the little bit of evil to knock the opponent’s ball out of the way.

HipHamptons team member Nicole

HipHamptons team member Nicole

 

Our vote for most fun was definitely the team from Banzai Burger of Amagansett.  How can you not love the Argentine chef, Japanese sushi master, hip restauranteur and bartender who isn’t afraid to take his clothes off as long as no health codes are violated.

Team Banzai Burger

Team Banzai Burger

Luckily the Lillet fans helped to keep it cool and the bubbly helped to keep it bubbly.  The HipHamptons team will be practicing so watch out guys next year – the gals are going to rule.

Erica - drink master and petanque coach

Erica - drink master and petanque coach

Heather, Alex, Nicole

Heather, Alex, Nicole

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