Definition: to run or skim along swiftly and easily
This is a nautical term. Scudding is a good thing, I gather.
There’s a sailing emphasis to some definitions:
To run before a gale with little or no sail set.
Why I Looked It Up
In the voiceover for the Sri Lanka episode, Anthony Bourdain said:
In the distance, the dark silhouettes of oil tankers from Indonesia and points east scud slowly towards the Persian Gulf and beyond.
I wonder about “scud slowly,” since that seems antithetical to the definition.