Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife
Studding sails? In those conditions? 40 knots? I don't think so.
They are the sails fully outboard of the courses. Pronounced Stunsails.
They are light weather sails and in modern times I think quite small.
Was wondering about that myself. Don't believe that there is any such thing as a scudding sail per se
. According to a 19th century sailing manual scudding was the practice of running before the wind in storm conditions. According to the manual the sail used was a reefed fore course or fore topsail or if the wind was too strong under bare poles.